Alcohol ban introduced on Scotland’s Railway

Thursday, 12 November 2020

People travelling on Scotland’s Railway will not be allowed to consume alcohol either on trains or at stations, ScotRail has announced.

With effect from Monday, 16 November, the restrictions on alcohol will be applied across the country, as the train operator continues to support the public health measures put in place by the Scottish Government to tackle coronavirus.

The new measures will help to maintain the physical distancing required while travelling and will also support greater use of face coverings at all stages of the journey.

This is a temporary measure as ScotRail continues to deliver a safe environment for people to travel by train, and it will be reviewed continuously as government guidelines change.

Customers will be informed about the changes via messages on social media channels, customer information screens, and announcements at all stations.

The restrictions will be supported by the British Transport Police, who will assist railway staff where required to ensure that people follow the guidance.

Body cameras will also be used by some frontline staff to help with the enforcement of the restrictions.

The consumption of alcohol is currently banned on ScotRail services between 21.00 and 10.00.

David Lister, ScotRail Sustainability and Safety Assurance Director, said:

“Throughout the pandemic, our people have been working flat out to deliver a safe and reliable service for customers throughout the country.

“Our five rules for safe travel have been followed by customers and the introduction of these restrictions on alcohol will help to ensure that our staff and customers remain safe.

“We ask that everyone travelling on our trains, and passing through stations, play their part and comply with this clear guidance.”

Mick Hogg, RMT Regional Organiser, said:

“RMT welcome this ban on alcohol that will help to keep our staff and passengers safe. We are encouraging all of our members to wear body cameras which will help to keep everyone safe while these restrictions are in place.”