ScotRail is asking customers to play their part during the coronavirus crisis by using face coverings or face masks while commuting by train. 

The train operator says this will play a critical role in keeping the public and essential rail workers safe during the outbreak.

As part of the effort to keep key workers moving, ScotRail will add a small number of daily services to the timetable from Monday, 1 June.

New measures have been introduced by the train operator in the last week with new rules for travel:

  • Do not travel if you feel unwell or have a temperature.
  • Travel away from the main commuting times (7am–9am and 4pm–6.30pm) wherever possible, as trains will be busiest around then. The earliest and latest trains serve key workers, like NHS and care home staff.
  • If you think it’s not safe to board a train, don’t do it and wait for another service.
  • Wear a face mask or covering and where possible maintain physical distancing.
  • Be patient. You might not be able to board your first choice of train, as physical distancing means most seats need to be left empty.

The largest stations in Scotland will have floor markings and other signs to outline a safe distance of two meters as it follows the successful model implemented by supermarkets and other businesses. 

Those who are commuting are warned to expect an increase in the time it takes to buy tickets at a station and board a train as they adopt the safety measures. 

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said: “We are asking our customers to play a very important role in keeping everyone safe by following the Scottish Government advice to cover their face while travelling.

“The message remains the same: People should only travel when it is essential to do so. 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.

“Adding a small number of services will provide key workers and essential travellers with more opportunities to practice physical distancing.

"We urge people to help us by making safe and sensible decisions.”