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ScotRail bans alcohol on trains and stations

Alcohol will not be available at stations

ScotRail is introducing a temporary ban on alcohol on trains and at stations in line with current pandemic controls.

The new measures take effect from Monday and are aimed at maintainiung the physical distancing required while travelling and supporting greater use of face coverings at all stages of the journey.

It will be reviewed continually 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 9pm to 10am.

David Lister, ScotRail safety 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.”

When does it apply?

The new temporary measures will be introduced on Monday, 16 November and will be in place 24 hours a day.

Where does this apply?

Customers will not be allowed to consume alcohol onboard ScotRail trains or at stations.

Is this a permanent ban on alcohol?

No, this is a temporary policy put in place to support public health measures and keep people safe during the pandemic.

Can customers still carry unopened alcohol?

Customers can still carry unopened alcohol in a bag. Customers are not allowed to consume alcohol on board ScotRail trains or at stations.

What if someone refuses to stop drinking?

ScotRail staff will explain to customers that the consumption of alcohol is not allowed and remind them that this is to help protect peoples’ health during the pandemic. As with the current policy, British Transport Police would be called if required.

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