Photo: Women cutting toenails on busy train

Merseyrail passengers concerned about hygiene on the busy commuter route between Southport to Liverpool as a woman was seeing cutting her toenails and the discarded ends landing on the seats.

Commuter Andrew Green said:

“Other people nearby chose to stand rather than being around this women. I informed Merseyrail staff who were not at all helpful and blatantly ignored my concerns.

A spokesman for Merseyrail said:

“We provide a service which is very popular with passengers. People feel safe on our trains and appreciate the pleasant environments we work hard to create. However, feet on seats is a problem, and many of our customer complaints are about other people putting their feet on seats. Also, replacing damaged seats is costly.

“Anyone found with their feet on seats is cautioned by our law enforcement officers and offenders can subsequently pay an administrative charge of £50.

If they choose not to, they are summoned to appear at a magistrates’ court. Merseyrail encourages offenders to pay this one-off charge and only prosecutes as a last resort.”


On this occasion Merseyrail did not follow through with their protocol.


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