A BOOZE ban has been implemented on railways in Scotland in a bid to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary ban will be implemented on Monday (Nov 16) when ScotRail will clamp down on alcohol consumption on trains and platforms.

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.

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 and 10am.

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 welcomes 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.”