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ScotRail bans drinking on trains


By Lorna Thompson

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SCOTRAIL has announced it will ban passengers from drinking alcohol on trains and at stations from next week.

The temporary restriction will be applied across the country from Monday, November 16, as the train operator continues to support the Scottish Government's public health measures to tackle coronavirus.

ScotRail says the ban will help to maintain the physical distancing required while travelling and will also support greater use of face coverings at all stages of the journey.

The ban will be reviewed as government guidelines change.

British Transport Police will assist railway staff to ensure that people follow the rule.

Body cameras will also be used by some frontline staff to help with enforcement.

ScotRail will temporarily ban passengers from drinking alcohol on trains and at stations from next week.
ScotRail will temporarily ban passengers from drinking alcohol on trains and at stations from next week.

Drinking alcohol is currently banned on ScotRail services between 9pm to 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."

Customers will be informed about the changes via social media channels, customer information screens, and announcements at all stations.



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