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22.11.12

More timetable flexibility for special events

The DfT is to allow TOCs to make more changes to their timetables during special events.

Following a successful trial during the Olympic Games, operators will be able to make adjustments to small portions of the timetable during special occasions, such as cultural or sporting events. Operators will be allowed to alter up to 30% of the timetable without seeking permission from Government during these times.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “The Olympic Games were a massive success and proved our transport system was able to successfully carry record numbers of passengers. We helped train operators cope with the changing demand by giving them more flexibility to give passengers the services they needed.

“This has proved such an unqualified success that we have decided to permanently cut the red tape involved in adjusting small portions of the timetable. The changes give train companies the opportunity to ensure passengers are able to plan ahead to ensure they make it to their football matches and concerts and back home again on time.”

Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), said: “This is good news for passengers. Train companies have been seeking greater freedom to adapt their timetables to suit the needs of their customers and this move will be a big boost for people wanting to enjoy many special events across the country.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin will retain discretion over all timetable changes and the new measures and passenger benefits gained will be reviewed within the next 12 months.

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