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Dan Haygarth

TransPennine Express bans e-scooters from trains and stations

TransPennine Express will ban e-scooters and similar devices from its trains and stations.

From December 27, the operator, which runs the Liverpool to Newcastle line, will no longer allow e-scooters, hoverboards and e-skateboards for safety reasons. Lithium-ion batteries, included within the devices, can produce a vapour of toxic gases and lead to a fire or a risk of explosion if damaged or overheated.

However, mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and e-bikes will be exempt from the ruling. TransPennine follows Avanti West Coast, which announced earlier this week that the e-scooters would not be allowed in its trains or stations.

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Iain Peacock, Head of Safety and Security at TPE, said: “At TransPennine Express the safety of our customers and colleagues comes first.

“The risks associated with e-scooters and similar devices are of significant concern. Most of these devices are not approved for use in the UK and the batteries are often unregulated.

“We ask our customers to adhere to these new rules and be kind to our staff helping to enforce them, so we can keep everyone safe.”

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