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20.07.12

Drinking ban begins on ScotRail trains

ScotRail’s drinking ban comes into force today on all trains between 9pm and 10am. Passengers will no longer be allowed to drink or ‘visibly carry’ alcohol at these times, in an effort to reduce alcohol-related disruption, delays and violence.

In the past six months on ScotRail, the British Transport Police (BTP) has had to respond to drink-related incidents on at least 260 occasions. The rules will be enforced through the national Railway Byelaw 4, parts 1, 2 and 3.

Passengers who are considered unfit to travel due to alcohol will be banned from boarding the train, and if already on-board, a BTP officer will be called to meet the train.

ScotRail said staff will use their common sense; no passenger bags will be searched and the new rules will be “gently phased in”.

The ban will take place seven days a week on all services, expect the Caledonian Sleeper. Alcohol is already prohibited on certain Scottish services that run to special events, such as football or rugby matches.

Alcohol will still be sold on board trains with catering services until 8.30 pm.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “Customers should be able to travel in a safe and friendly environment.

“It’s time to call a halt on the irresponsible minority who spoil journeys for the majority. These individuals disrupt services, abuse staff and fellow customers, and cause accidents.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Edwardo   20/07/2012 at 14:20

This should be applauded and I am sure the scheme could be extended to remove other anti-social behaviours. Let's hope those in the front line have a pragmatic approach to enforcement.

Gaz   02/04/2015 at 10:02

Well done ScotRail. I wish NR and TOCs in England would show this willingness to protect their passengers and staff.

A Reilly   12/03/2016 at 20:35

Don't complain to SR about it when they are on the train they will tell you Everyone is entitled to a Beverage .....but so am I entitled not to have to listen to the Grammy going on and the fowl language of the beverage drinkers.

Jak Jaye   30/11/2016 at 09:51

Ban drinks in Scottish trains? good luck with that one! however thought that one up as never been in Glasgow on a Saturday night

Revolting Peasant   21/04/2017 at 12:47

'Fowl' language, A Reilly? You mean shouts of 'cock,' I presume!

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