SCOTRAIL is urging Inverclyde commuters to stick to the rules and wear protective face coverings on board its trains to guard against COVID-19 transmission.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made masks mandatory for everyone in public areas in stations and on trains, apart from children under five and people with specific medical needs.

Only people who are making essential journeys should be using the rail network while the coronavirus lockdown restrictions remain in force.

ScotRail operations director David Simpson said: "The position on face coverings is now absolutely clear and we are urging customers to take collective responsibility and follow the Scottish Government rules on their mandatory use.

"The message remains the same as it has been since the start of the pandemic: only travel if your journey is essential.

"It will help to keep you, your fellow customers, and our staff safe."