Edinburgh rail passengers will be shown an "immersive" virtual reality film about sexual harassment on trains. 

The "groundbreaking" experience will arrive at Waverley railway station on Thursday (November 16) with the aim of educating people on how to recognise situations when they arise and respond safely. 

The short VR film shows how small actions, such as asking the victim if they want to swap seats or distracting the perpetrator with a question, can prevent further escalation in the moment.   

Following an initial launch at London Waterloo station, Rail Delivery Group (RDG) alongside British Transport Police (BTP) and ScotRail is inviting people in Edinburgh to try the immersive VR experience in their local station. 

Joanne Maguire, chief operating officer at ScotRail, said: “Everyone has the right to go about their day in peace without fear of harassment or abuse.

"ScotRail works very closely with British Transport Police and Network Rail to ensure that Scotland’s Railway is a safe environment for our customers and our staff.    

“To assist us in tackling unacceptable behaviour, it’s important for anyone who witnesses it to report those responsible so that they can be brought to justice. This VR experience plays an important role in helping bystanders identify inappropriate behaviour when it takes place.”   

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Jacqueline Starr, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, said: “As an industry we are actively tackling all forms of sexual harassment and are committed to making our passengers feel safe when onboard. 

“By showcasing the ground-breaking VR experience in stations across the country we’re to equipping people with tips on how to safely intervene in situations as a bystander without putting themselves in harm’s way.

“Passengers using Britain’s railways have a right to feel safe and confident to call out these behaviours without fear.”  

To report an incident, contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or using the Railway Guardian app. In an emergency, always call 999.  

To watch the full VR film, visit the National Rail YouTube channel.