A ban on consuming alcohol on Scotland's railways has come into force today. 

ScotRail have introduced the new measures to maintain social distancing while travelling and to support greater use of face coverings onboard trains. 

The temporary measure means passengers will not be allowed to consume alcohol either on trains or at train stations. 

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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 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.”