In an announcement launched within the afternoon, BTP mentioned it will have an enhanced presence of officers at stations throughout the community following final evening’s Tier 4 announcement.
Extra BTP officers will probably be on patrol in any respect main transport hubs throughout London and the south-east. They’ve been ordered to ask passengers of their journey plans and can remind them of the Authorities’s Tier 4 restrictions saying individuals should keep at residence and solely use public transport for important journeys.
Members of the general public who do have to journey will probably be reminded of the requirement to put on a face overlaying, except exempt, and to stick to social distancing as greatest as potential.
Assistant Chief Constable, Sean O’Callaghan, mentioned: “The recommendation is evident, and we’re assured that the big majority of individuals will abide by the restrictions in place.
“As has been the case all through the pandemic, officers will probably be supporting rail employees via high-visibility patrols throughout England, Scotland and Wales, making certain these on the community are secure. Our policing methodology stays the identical – officers will have interaction with passengers and solely use enforcement if completely obligatory.
“Anybody planning a journey over the festive interval is urged to think about whether or not travelling is crucial and inspired to remain at residence as per newest Authorities recommendation. It is a troublesome time for all of us, however these restrictions are in place to save lots of lives, cease the unfold of the virus and help the NHS.”
Earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned: “Further BTP officers are being deployed to make sure solely those that have to take important journeys can journey safely.”
Mr Shapps added: “If you’re in Tier 4, the regulation means you could keep at residence and you can’t keep in a single day away from residence. Throughout the remainder of the nation, you could keep native.”