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Railway children urge passengers to wear face coverings

Teenasha Santuck for South Western Railway

South Western Railway staff are using an unlikely voice to spread a message about face coverings.

New station announcements have been recorded by two staff member’s children to call on passengers to wear face coverings and keep their distance from each other.

The announcements are now being played across the South Western Railway network.

One of the children, Teenasha Santuck, from South London, is asking customers to wear a face covering so that she can see her mum smile when she gets back from work.

Teenasha Santuck for South Western Railway
Evie Thew for South Western Railway

The other, Evie Thew, 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 South Western Railway.

The two children won a South Western Railway-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, South Western Railway’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.”

Videos of the children saying the announcements are available here. 

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