WQ83378 (w) Tabled on 13/09/2021

What steps is the Welsh Government taking to ensure that rail passengers in Wales wear masks?

Answered by Deputy Minister for Climate Change | Answered on 21/09/2021

It continues to be the law in Wales that rail passengers must wear face coverings whilst on the train and in enclosed areas at stations. Transport for Wales (TfW) are increasing their communications activity to raise awareness of the requirement to wear face coverings, including for passengers travelling across the border who may not be aware that the law differs in Wales. This will include audio messages on trains and at stations along with information provided on the TfW website and social media channels.

TfW work with the British Transport Police on the enforcement of coronavirus regulations and since the start of 2021 more than 50,000 people have been challenged across the Wales and Borders network for not wearing face coverings, with more than 2,000 people refused travel. TfW will continue to ensure that their staff actively promote, engage, and highlight the personal responsibility that all passengers must wear a face covering whilst travelling on TfW services, unless they are exempt.