Scotrail has announced that the drinking of alcohol on trains or at train stations will temporarily not be permitted from Monday.
The ban is designed to help reinforce public health messaging around Covid -19 and maintain compliance with the public health measures relating to face coverings and social distancing
The British Transport Police and body cameras worn by some rail staff will help enforce the new policy if required.
The ban on alcohol on trains and within train stations , accompanies the pre existing restrictions surrounding the consumption of alcohol between 9pm and 10am
David Lister, ScotRail Sustainability and Safety Assurance Director, said:
“Throughout the pandemic, our people have been working flat out to deliver a safe and reliable service for customers throughout the country.
“Our five rules for safe travel have been followed by customers and the introduction of these restrictions on alcohol will help to ensure that our staff and customers remain safe.
“We ask that everyone travelling on our trains, and passing through stations, play their part and comply with this clear guidance.”
Mick Hogg, RMT Regional Organiser, said:
“RMT welcome this ban on alcohol that will help to keep our staff and passengers safe. We are encouraging all of our members to wear body cameras which will help to keep everyone safe while these restrictions are in place.”
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