With the slight easing of restrictions by the government this week thee is expected to be an increase in the number of passengers travelling by public transport as additional people will have no choice but to do so in order to start working again. To take this into account, West Midlands Metro have announced that from Friday 15th May a new revised service will run, a service which is very similar to one of the previous revised timetables.
The current all day, every day 15 minute frequency will be improved between 0630 and 2000 Monday to Saturday when trams will now run every 12 minutes. The Sunday service will remain as it has been for some time with a tram every 15 minutes.
As a summary service frequency will now be:
Monday to Saturday
Start of service to 0630 – every 15 minutes
0630 to 2000 – every 12 minutes
2000 to end of service – every 15 minutes
First full route trams leave Wolverhampton St George’s at 0515 and Library at 0507
Last full route trams leave Wolverhampton St George’s at 2327 and Library at 2334
All day – every 15 minutes
First full route trams leave Wolverhampton St George’s at 0755 and Library at 0800
Last full route trams leave Wolverhampton St George’s at 2255 and Library at 2300
West Midlands Metro have said: “As people follow the latest government advice, and where appropriate start to return to work, the number of people travelling with us has increased. We are therefore adjusting our services to meet the current needs of customers. We remain committed to providing a regular, robust, and above all safe service for those who need it. In accordance with government advice we would urge you to only use public transport if absolutely necessary and where alternative travel options are not available.”
It is possible that further tram and light rail systems may follow in the coming days expanding services to ensure that as much social distancing as possible can be adhered to on board as passenger numbers increase slightly.