Scotrail re-issues face coverings plea to passengers

With several customers failing to follow recommended safe travel guidelines, Scotrail has issued a plea for passengers to wear facemasks.

Using face masks on public transport has been mandatory since Monday, June 22. Photo: Michael Gillen

Using face masks on public transport has been mandatory since Monday, June 22, and the majority of passengers are complying with this safety requirement, helped by limited supplies of free masks at 20 of the busiest stations.

Scotrail’s five rules for safer travel are to avoid travel if unwell, to avoid peak times, not boarding if it seems unsafe, wearing a mask and observing social distancing, and being aware many seats need to be left empty.

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It also takes longer to buy tickets and boarding trains, so advance purchasing is recommended.

Scotrail operations director David Simpson said:  “While it’s encouraging to see that most people across the country are following the requirement and covering their face when travelling, we need everyone to take personal responsibility for their travel choices.

“The mandatory wearing of face coverings helps keep you, your fellow customers, and our people safe.

“We’ll continue to do everything we can to help you get used to the changes in rail travel and that’s why we are providing face masks at our busiest stations for a limited time.

“Please only travel if your journey is absolutely necessary and be prepared with your own face covering over the coming weeks and months ahead.”