COMMUTERS using the railway for essential travel are being asked to use face coverings.

ScotRail has issued guidance to customers following the launch of a Scottish Government transport plan.

It also comes after the train operator added a small number of daily services to the timetable this Monday, June 1.

The extra services seek to deliver more options for key workers.

Five measures have been introduced by the train operator in line with fresh guidance for travel.

People should not travel if they feel unwell or have a high temperature.

Customers are being asked to travel outwith the peak times between 7am and 9am as well as 4pm to 6.30pm wherever possible.

If people think it is not safe to board a train then they should wait for another service.

Passengers are being asked to wear a face mask or covering and maintain physical distancing where possible.

Rail commuters are also being asked to be patient.

Those looking to travel via the railway may not be able to board their first choice of train as distancing measures mean most seats need to be left empty.

Larger stations will have floor markings and other sings for social distancing and some waiting rooms will be closed.

People can expect an increase in the time it takes to buy a ticket and board a train and there may be occasions when boarding the usual train may not be possible.

David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “We are asking our customers to play a very important role in keeping everyone safe by following the Scottish Government advice to cover their face while travelling.

“The message remains the same: people should only travel when it is essential to do so. We need everyone to take personal responsibility.

“If you think it’s not safe to board a train, don’t do it and wait for another service.

“Adding a small number of services will provide key workers and essential travellers with more opportunities to practice physical distancing.

“We urge people to help us by making safe and sensible decisions.”