A Montgomeryshire MS has called for changes to Covid-19 isolation rules after the Transport for Wales network was hit by a string of rail cancellations.

Warning of a ‘ping-demic’, Montgomeryshire MS Russell George, has called on both the Welsh and UK Government to work together to implement changes to isolation rules and the app.

Transport For Wales (TFW) say are short of resources after members of staff were forced to self-isolate amid rising Covid19 case numbers in Wales.

This morning, two services have been cancelled due to 'resource availability' affecting Machynlleth, the 08:46 from Pwllheli and the return service to Pwllheli at 10:55, while others were affected by cancellations over the weekend. A replacement bus service is expected to run in place of today's services.

Mr George called for an end to 10-day isolation periods for people who have had two vaccinations.

"We have made great strides with our vaccination programme and the restoration of many freedoms, but our vital public services and economic recovery could be severely hampered by a potential ‘ping-demic’," he said.

"The sensitivity of the NHS app and isolation rules across the UK need an immediate review as it is somewhat bizarre double-vaccinated individuals, some who’ve also already had COVID, are being forced to isolate.

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"The 10-day self-isolation period for people who have received both jabs needs to come to an end, and a system implemented for those not yet fully vaccinated.

"In Wales, this will require a joined-up approach and I implore both the Welsh and UK Governments to work together immediately so changes can be implemented with pace so our recovery does not ground to a halt.”

Yesterday, Transport for Wales issued an apology for cancellations to numerous rail services as Covid-19 notifications forced a number of staff to self-isolate.

A Transport for Wales spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any cancellations this weekend. Unfortunately, some services have had to be cancelled due to train crew availability.

"Like many organisations employing large numbers of people, we continue to experience the impact of Covid-19 with some colleagues having to self-isolate, shield, care for someone or are currently subject to a positive test result.

"This week, we were able to make some changes to our Sunday timetable in advance, to allow customers to plan their journeys. We always advise checking before travelling; customers can do this via our Capacity Checker and our Twitter account.

"We envisage some challenges over the coming weekends, especially on Sundays. We are working hard to minimise any service disruption and we continue to advice customers to check before travelling."

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