Commuters in the north were dirtier than in the south
More than one in four commuters has bacteria from faeces on their hands, an investigation suggests.
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine swabbed 409 people at bus and train stations in five major cities in England and Wales.
The further north they went, the more often they found commuters with faecal bacteria on their hands – men in Newcastle were the worst offenders.
Experts stressed the importance of hand hygiene for preventing illness.
The bacteria found suggested people were not washing their hands properly after using the toilet, said the researchers.
In Newcastle and Liverpool, men were more likely than women to show contamination – 53% of men compared with 30% of women in Newcastle and 36% of men compared with 31% of women in Liverpool.