GWR ‘masks’ high-speed train to remind customers to wear a face covering

Monday 15th June 2020

Travel outside of peak where possible and use the GWR app or a smart card to buy your ticket, train operator urges.

A high-speed train with the mask artwork

Here’s Great Western Railway’s eye-catching reminder for customers to wear a face covering on its services from Monday (June 15).

The train operator has applied artwork in the form of giant face coverings to either end of one of its high-speed Intercity Express Trains.

The ‘masked’ IET will re-enter service on Monday – the same day it becomes mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport as part of the easement on lockdown restrictions.

Engineers applying the mask artwork to a high-speed train

GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes said:

“We wanted to do something to reinforce the message about wearing a face covering, helping to keep customers safe and our staff safe.

“We are doing everything we can to carry as many people, safely, as we can. Please do help us by planning ahead and, where possible, travelling at quieter times – and please don’t forget your face covering.”

GWR is asking customers to do all they can to follow social distancing guidance. As well as wearing a face covering, planning ahead and avoiding peak travel times, customers are urged to buy tickets online, on a smart card or by using the GWR app.

Notes to editors
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