Transpennine Express bans e-scooters from all Manchester train stations due to risk of explosion

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Transpennine Express is the latest operator to ban e-scooters due to risk of explosion and fire

Train operator Transpennine Express has introduced a ban on all electric scooters at its train stations - including those in Manchester. The operator follows in the footsteps of other companies including Northern in banning the devices.

The train operator will join most other UK train operators in banning all electric scooters (e-scooters) and similar devices due to the potential fire risk posed by lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries can produce a vapour of toxic gases and lead to a fire or a risk of explosion if damaged or overheated.

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The ban came into place on Tuesday (December 27) and covers e-scooters, hoverboards, and e-skateboards. Mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and e-bikes will be exempt from the ruling.

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.”

A TPE train (Photo: Jonny Walton)A TPE train (Photo: Jonny Walton)
A TPE train (Photo: Jonny Walton) | A TPE train

Transpennine Express have also said that the ban on e-scooters and other similar devices will be reviewed by the industry “in due course, following improvements in the regulation of e-scooter use and manufacture.” For further information on the e-scooter policy, visit the Transpennine Express website.

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