E-scooters to be banned from trains and stations

Train networks have announced a new ban on e-scooters[1] in stations and on trains.

South Western Railway (SWR[2]), Thameslink, Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern train networks will ban e-scooters from June 1.

The ban comes following an increase in incidents involving e-scooters catching fire on National Rail services or infrastructure.

Railway companies have said the vehicles pose a fire risk due to the potential of their lithium-ion batteries overheating.

In addition to the ban of e-scooters, customers will not be permitted to charge the devices at their stations or on their trains, and that they will not be accepted as lost property.

The ban also covers e-unicycles, e-skateboards and hoverboards. 

Electric wheelchairs and e-bikes are exempt from the ban, as well as mobility scooters for those with accessibility needs. Customers are advised to check with staff if they are unsure.

Jane Lupson, SWR’s head of safety, said: “The potential risk that these e-vehicles pose is not acceptable to our customers and colleagues.

“We understand that these devices are popular, but the safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority, so until greater regulation and testing can be brought in to ensure the safety of those travelling on trains, e-scooters will remain banned.”

(Picture: Govia Thameslink Railway)

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  1. ^ e-scooters (londonnewsonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ SWR (londonnewsonline.co.uk)