Cover your face if trav­el­ling on trains plea

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - FRASER CLARKE

Key work­ers com­mut­ing by train in Dum­bar­ton and the Vale are be­ing asked to cover their faces and not risk board­ing busy car­riages.

The lat­est guid­ance comes as Sco­trail in­tro­duces a range of mea­sures to help those tak­ing es­sen­tial jour­neys by train safe.

‘If you think it isn’t safe to board a train, don’t do it ’is the key mes­sage be­ing sent out in the lat­est re­sponse to the chal­lenges pre­sented by the Covid-19 pan­demic, with trav­ellers be­ing urged to wait for a later ser­vice if they don’t think they’ll be able to so­cial dis­tance on­board.

Ma­jor sta­tions, such as Glas­gow Cen­tral and Queen Street, will have floor mark­ings in­tro­duced to help com­muters keep their dis­tance - whilst some sta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and wait­ing rooms across the coun­try are set to be closed in an at­tempt to pre­vent the spread of the virus.

Work­ers have also been warned to ex­pect an in­crease in the time it takes to buy a ticket as a re­sult of the new mea­sures, with Sco­trail bosses urg­ing trav­ellers to buy in ad­vance ei­ther on­line or via their app.

David Simp­son, Sco­tRail op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, said: “We need our cus­tomers to help keep peo­ple safe.

“The mes­sage re­mains the same: peo­ple should only travel when it is es­sen­tial to do so and we need ev­ery­one to take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity - if you think it’s not safe to board a train, don’t do it and wait for an­other ser­vice.

“We have signs in place to help with phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, an­nounce­ments be­ing made at sta­tions and on trains, and our staff will be on hand.

“It is es­sen­tial ev­ery­one works with us to help peo­ple stay safe.”

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