Coronavirus Travel Guidance

Last updated: Thursday 22 October 2020

The Scottish Government has travel guidance in place for the Central Belt. People should only travel by rail to, from, or within the Central Belt when it's necessary to do so. This guidance applies to the health board areas of Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley.

We’re playing our part to ensure your safe journey and peace of mind. Please follow our Five Rules for Safer Travel and help keep Scotland’s Railway safe for everyone.

When you travel with us we ask you to follow these 5 simple rules to make travel for you and those around you, as safe as possible.

Rule 1: Don't travel if you feel unwell

If you have symptoms do not go to a station or board a train. Stay at home.

Rule 2: Avoid these main commuting times

Trains are busier during the peak hours - 07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 18:30 - and you should avoid making journeys at these times. Travel at quieter times during the day if you can.

Rule 3: Don't board if you think it's not safe

Where possible maintain physical distancing. We can't guarantee physical distancing during your journey. To help with this you should not board the train if you think it is not safe to do so.

Rule 4: Cover your face and maintain physical distancing

This will help to protect you and other people.

Rule 5: Be patient, most seats need to be empty

Be patient with our staff who are there to help you and be patient with your fellow passengers also making essential journeys.

You safety is our priority

We’re doing everything we can to ensure your safe journey and peace of mind. Making an extra effort to keep our stations clean and provide a safer travel environment. Watch this film to find out more.


Keep your distance

We’ve made changes in our stations and on our trains. Physical distancing can’t be guaranteed so we need everybody to continue to take personal responsibility for their travel choices.


We’re doing everything we can to keep Scotland moving during the Coronavirus crisis. If you are travelling by train, please play your part and follow our five rules for safer travel.

We have created an Easy Read version of our Coronavirus travel guidance in partnership with People First (Scotland), a disabled persons’ organisation campaigning for the rights of people with learning disabilities. You can download our Easy Read Coronavirus travel guidance here.

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