Now that face coverings must be worn when passengers travel by train, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has produced three designs on a regional theme for its customers to order.
The three designs – a Scottish thistle, Tyne Bridge and the London Eye – celebrate some of the most popular destinations on the LNER route – Edinburgh, London and Newcastle.
Proceeds from the sale of these masks, which can be ordered online for £13.50 each , will go to the official LNER charity partner, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The masks have been locally produced and distributed as LNER continues to support communities and businesses on the East Coast.
Kate McFerran, LNER communications director, said: “We know how passionate our customers and colleagues are about the great towns and cities of the LNER route. Whilst we all adjust to these new ways of going about our daily lives, including using our services, we wanted to ensure that customers and colleagues could travel safely and in style.
“Of course, we’re also interested to see if there’s any regional rivalry when it comes to finding out which is the most popular design.”
The launch of the locally inspired face mask designs is the latest in a series of measures by LNER to support local communities whilst ensuring the safety of customers, including a directory on the LNER website featuring a list of local businesses producing face coverings.
Throughout the pandemic, LNER has continued to support local communities on the route. Food supplies that would have otherwise gone to waste have been supplied to those who most need them, while LNER staff on furlough have undertaken more than 5,000 hours of volunteering as LNER Reserves, working in food banks and food distribution centres and tackling loneliness by staying in touch with otherwise isolated members of the community.