Network Rail volunteers help set up mass vaccination facility in Exeter

Transport industry praised for their work in vaccination roll-out

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has thanked transport operators for their ongoing work on the frontline to help people get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Rail operators have changed routes, adding stops and putting on new and fees services to help play a vital role in helping people get their vaccinations.

Throughout the pandemic Network Rail have worked tenaciously to keep the trains and stations running safely. The operator has continued to contribute towards overcoming Covid-19 away from the tracks by volunteering to help set up the new large-scale vaccination centre near Exeter, Devon.

Great Western Railway has also played their part, putting in place additional station stops on trains between Paddington and Bedwyn to help those travelling to the new vaccination centre established at Newbury Racecourse.

London North Eastern Railway has also made more than 370 free car parking spaces available for people attending the NHS Covid-19 vaccines clinic at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Throughout this pandemic, our transport heroes have been at the frontline keeping the country moving. Now they are stepping up yet again to help deliver the vaccinations and get people to vaccination centres, helping us fight back from COVID-19.”

Graham Vidler, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, said: “Bus and coach operators across the country have been delighted to be able to play their part in the national effort to vaccinate against COVID-19.

“Operators have provided extra services and stops to help get people to vaccination centres and local GP surgeries across the country, showcasing the vital role buses and coaches play in helping people move from A to B.”

Image: Network Rail 

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