April 18, 2016 10:40 AM EDT

Special train compartments exclusively for women have been introduced by a German rail company.

The areas for female passengers only are regularly checked by workers on services run by Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn (MRB) in the east of the country.

“We are implementing a request made by our customers,” the firm said in a statement to NBC News on Monday, adding that the compartments “are primarily designed for women who are travelling alone.”

Germany’s Pro Bahn passenger association — which has 5,000 members — applauded the move.

“Some female individuals have voiced that they feel safer in open coach wagons, but especially regional…

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