Face coverings mandatory on all EMR services from Monday

Monday, 15 June 2020

  • Passengers required to wear face coverings from Monday, 15th June
  • Follows Government announcement earlier this month
  • Extra signs and information available for customers in stations and online

Note to media: East Midlands Railway will be offering face-to-face interviews at Nottingham railway station at 09.30 - 10:30 on Monday, 15th June. If you would like to attend, please email the media team (contact details below) in advance

East Midlands Railway (EMR) passengers will be required to wear a face covering from today (Monday, 15th June) when they use its services or enter its stations.

In line with new legislation, the UK government has said that all bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the risk of transmission when social distancing is not always possible.

Passengers will not be able to travel unless they are wearing a face covering on the train and are also required to use one while at the station. Although, this requirement does not apply to children under the age of 11.

People should be mindful of passengers with disabilities which may mean that they are unable to wear a face covering.

EMR is reminding passengers that guidance remains to work from home if they can and avoid public transport where possible.

Passengers who do need to travel should always book online where possible and travel at quieter times, and we urge those who must travel to be considerate of other travellers and our staff during these testing times.

Will Rogers, Managing Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “Despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, the need for social distancing and responsible travel has not gone away.

“Wearing face coverings on trains will help to ensure that those who need to use public transport can do so with added confidence.

“Use of face coverings will boost the other measures EMR has worked hard to put in place across our network to keep people safe, like more thorough cleaning, improved information on potential crowding and one-way systems at busier stations.”

Contact Information

James Coxon
Media Relations Manager
East Midlands Railway
07919 217917
[email protected]

East Midlands Railway by Abellio

East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railway provides intercity and regional train services across England
EMR Intercity operates to and from London St Pancras International, providing reliable and frequent services to Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Derby and Sheffield and other towns and communities across the East Midlands.
EMR Regional provides local train services to towns and communities across England, including; Liverpool, Manchester, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough, Ely, Grantham and Norwich
Over the next eight years, East Midlands Railway will deliver over £600 million of improvements for passengers across the network, including brand new bi-mode intercity trains between the East Midlands, the North and London as well as the introduction of faster, modern, refurbished trains across the rest of the network.
This investment will also see transformed stations, improved ticketing, better accessibility, new and improved timetables and more support for local communities

Abellio UK

Abellio UK is one of Britain’s largest transport operators, providing services for more than a million rail and bus passengers daily in England and Scotland.

It operates five franchises - ScotRail, MerseyRail (jointly with Serco), East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Trains (including London Northwestern Railway) and Greater Anglia. One in five of UK rail passengers travel on an Abellio service.

Abellio also operates on 52 bus routes in London, eight per cent of the market in the capital, and will soon add to its 700-strong fleet with new electric buses.

A subsidiary of the Dutch state railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Abellio UK employs 16,000 colleagues and it is committed to providing simple, reliable and sustainable journeys.

Having entered the UK rail market in 2003, Abellio is investing £3bn in new fleets right across the UK.