PHYSICAL distancing on Fife Circle trains and at Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and Cardenden stations, will reduce to a minimum of one metre from Monday, July 27, Scotland’s Railway announced on Thursday.

ScotRail and Network Rail will introduce the new measure following the publication of the Scottish Government’s updated guidance on July 2.

A number of steps have been taken in recent weeks to keep staff and passengers safe, including the provision of hand sanitiser and face masks at the busiest stations in the country. Face coverings are mandatory at stations and on trains.

Platform markings and guidance at ticket vending machines are supporting station announcements and messages on customer information screens, to help customers during their journey.

People are urged to consider alternative travel options where possible, including walking and cycling, to free up space for those who have no choice but to travel by train.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said: “We’ve worked closely with staff, trade union colleagues, and the Government to satisfy ourselves that we have sufficient safety measures in place to move to a minimum of one metre physical distancing on trains and at stations.

“The provision of face masks and hand sanitisers at our busiest stations are just some of the measures we introduced in recent weeks to keep staff and customers safe.

“But we need everybody to continue taking personal responsibility for their travel choices, because physical distancing can’t be guaranteed. Customers who do travel with ScotRail should follow our five rules for safer travel, including the wearing of a face covering on trains and at stations".