SCOTRAIL has announced a total alcohol ban on its services because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The train operator, which runs services in Carlisle and elsewhere in the region, said the ban will take effect from Monday.

A spokeswoman said: "We want everyone who travels with us to be able to do so in a safe environment.

"As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we want to do everything we can to support the public health measures put in place by the Scottish Government.

"Alcohol will not be allowed in our stations and on our trains, and people showing signs of intoxication will not be permitted to travel.

"We've found people who are extremely drunk, or disorderly, show disregard for covid-19 precautions."

No alcohol can be drunk at any station in Scotland or on board any ScotRail train.

No visible alcohol is allowed, it can only be carried unseen in a bag.