Rail (UK)

Trial en­sures wear­ing of face cov­er­ings

- London · Govia Thameslink Railway · Govia

Com­pli­ance with wear­ing face cov­er­ings on public trans­port has risen from 91% to 98.5%, un­der a trial of joint pa­trols by rail en­force­ment and polic­ing staff and Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice of­fi­cers around Lon­don.

A mem­ber of rail­way staff is paired with a BTP of­fi­cer to pa­trol trains and sta­tions, which can take place on dif­fer­ent lines and at all times of the day and week. The aim is to make the rail­way safer and to en­sure com­pli­ance with the reg­u­la­tions.

As of Novem­ber 19, 104 peo­ple had been re­moved from trains or sta­tions dur­ing the eight-week trial.

Govia Thames­link Rail­way and South­east­ern are the op­er­a­tors in­volved. GTR Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Steve White said:

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion has helped re­in­force it among those who needed to be re­minded, and the very small mi­nor­ity who per­haps didn’t think it mat­ters.”

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