Services on public transport are set to be reduced because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Govia Thameslink Railway and Arriva buses have confirmed that from next Monday (March 23), revised timetables will be put in place to limit the frequency of its services.

The changes come following the Government's latest advice and recommendations, which includes avoiding social contact and non-essential travel.

Arriva says that despite its reduced service it will still be operating its "key routes" to ensure customers can continue to access critical services.

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A spokesperson added: "We are continuing to tailor our service changes in line with ongoing advice from the government and public health bodies.

"Customers will be made aware of any ongoing service changes via our website and social media channels."

Thameslink says its reduced services are adapted versions of ‘base’ timetables already running.

It says that the services will suit key workers travelling at peak times as well as those working early and late shifts.

The train company is also set to introduce a further reduced timetable on Monday, March 30.

St Albans, Harpenden, Borehamwood, Radlett, Mill Hill, and Hendon commuters will all be affected by the changes.

Steve White, chief operating officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “This is an unprecedented situation for everyone and we – together with the rest of the rail industry – are doing our utmost to keep an essential service running for key workers who are doing such vital jobs.

“The message from the Government is clear – travel only if you have to. The changes we are making should allow us to sustain a timetable for those who absolutely have to travel such as doctors, nurses and the emergency services. We want to thank them and our own staff, who are working so hard to keep trains running.”

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, added: “This is not a decision we take lightly, however implementing these measures now will mean that we can continue to operate trains over a prolonged period with fewer railway workers, who like so many others are to be commended for putting the needs of the country first, and whose safety remains front of mind."