Railway children urge passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

13th August 2020

New station announcements recorded by two children call on passengers to wear face coverings and keep their distance from each other. The announcements are now being played across the SWR network.

One of the children, Teenasha Santuck (above), from South London, asks customers to wear a face covering so that she can see her mum smile when she gets back from work. The other, Evie Thew (below), from Honiton in East Devon, urges everyone to keep their distance so she is still able to hug her mum, dad and granddad – all of whom work for SWR.

Image showing one of the SWR railway children, Evie Thew

The two children won a SWR-wide competition to become the voices of two new station announcements. They each received a £50 gift voucher, certificate and goodie bag in recognition of their success.

Alan Penlington, SWR’s Director of Customer Experience, said:

“Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and colleagues, and we are continuing to do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus across our network. But we need our customers’ help too.

“By following Teenasha and Evie’s excellent advice and wearing a face covering while maintaining social distancing, we can all help to keep each other safe”.

These are the two announcements:

“Hello, I am Teenasha and my mum works for South Western Railway. If you’re travelling today, you must wear a face covering. This will help keep my mum safe and mean I can see her smile when she gets home from work.”

“Hello, I am Evie and my mum, dad and granddad work for South Western Railway. If you’re travelling today, please remember to socially distance. This will help keep my mum, dad and granddad safe and mean I can hug them when they get home from work”.

Images: South Western Railway