Trial ensures wearing of face coverings
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.”