SCOTRAIL has announced plans to more than triple the number of body worn cameras in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour on trains.

More than 1,000 new cameras will be rolled out by the end of this month, replacing the rail operator’s existing suite of 350 devices.

The move is part of a £1.6million investment to combat the issue.

Body worn camera were first introduced on trains in 2017 and are regularly used on Inverclyde's Gourock and Wemyss Bay lines. 

David Lister, ScotRail Safety, Engineering and Sustainability Director, said: “ScotRail is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour on Scotland’s Railway.

“Body worn cameras play an important role in deterring criminal behaviour and supporting potential prosecutions.

"By increasing the number of units available to our people, it means that anyone who wants to use a body camera has the option to do so.

“Safety is our top priority, and together with our Travel Safe Team, these cameras play a crucial role in ensuring a secure work environment for our customers and colleagues.”

Jim Gray, RMT ScotRail Co-ordinator, added: “The RMT union fully supports the use of body worn cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“It’s great to see ScotRail increasing the number of units available for frontline staff to more than 1,000, meaning a camera is available for anyone who wants one."