South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth has welcomed ScotRail reinstating 90 per cent of its services yesterday (Monday) but has urged people to maintain caution.

He has warned that travellers must try, where possible, to follow guidance around social distancing.

As of Monday, the train operator is running an almost full service as more people return to work following lockdown.

ScotRail has asked people to consider alternative travel options where possible, including walking and cycling, to keep space free for those who have no choice but to travel by rail.

There is now a minimum of one metre physical distancing on trains and at stations and the operator has asked people not to board a train if they feel it’s not safe to do so.

Everyone must wear a face covering on public transport, unless they fall into one of the exempted categories.

Colin Smyth said: “I welcome the return of 90 per cent of ScotRail services across our rail network. As we slowly move out of lockdown and more people return to work, it is important that they can travel by train more frequently if they can’t walk or cycle to their destination.

“However, we must still continue to take precautions to keep ourselves and our communities safe. We need to act responsibly and use common sense.

“Government guidance still states that people should work from home where possible until September 14 and we cannot forget that this terrible virus has not gone away.

“We must continue to do all we can to avoid putting ourselves and our communities at risk. That might mean deciding not to board a train if you feel it isn’t safe, for example if the service is too crowded.

“Travellers must also remember to wear a face covering unless they fall into one of the exempted categories.”

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