The right and proper way to conduct oneself on today's Great British Railway: First Capital Connect launches humorous etiquette guide for train passengers
Feet on seats, loud music and smelly foods - just a few of the annoyances a rail company is attempting to crack down on in a new behaviour guide for train passengers.
First Capital Connect (FCC) has published The Modern Day Guide To Train Etiquette, a cartoon booklet featuring adverts and slogans reminding passengers to consider other rail users when travelling.
The retro-style guide includes the advice of bow-tie wearing gent Edwin Tickett Esq, who writes in his introduction: "As a frequenter of this sceptred isle's great and British Railways I have had increasing occasion to observe - something that has also been noted by my agent and publishers - that the railway traveller of today often lacks for some kind of explicit guidance as to the correct and proper way to conduct him or herself."
The guide offers several nuggets of polite advice including: "DO enjoy the newspaper - and perhaps a refreshing beverage or snack.
"DON'T leave your rubbish behind for the 'train fairies'."
FCC's customer service director Keith Jipps said: "We know from research that we need to use humour to grab people's attention.
"Some of these messages - such as don't leave your rubbish behind for the 'train fairies' - also support the £350,000 investment announced earlier this week to give our passengers cleaner trains."
The guide will hopefully improve the train experience for Croydon resident Julia Drumond, who took this sly picture of a passenger making himself a little too comfortable.
This passenger has clearly not availed himself of the FCC's new guide
Mrs Drummond said: "A couple of weeks ago I took this picture of man's disgusting dirty feet on the seat.
"I didn't want to say anything because he was a big intimidating man, who was also playing loud music and being obnoxious.
"The trains are so expensive I think companies like First Capital Connect should crack down on this sort of deviance, which can make public transport really unpleasant."
You can read FCC's etiquette guide here.
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