Latest Rail News

03.06.13

ScotRail sees crime rise on ‘dry’ trains

Alcohol-related crimes have increased by 54% on ScotRail trains in the past six months, despite the introduction of a drinking ban.

The ban, which came into force last July, forbids the sale and consumption of alcohol between 9pm and 10am. Drunk passengers are also stopped from boarding.

Figures from the British Transport Police (BTP) show that 71 alcohol-related crimes were recorded between 1 November 2012 and 30 April 2013, compared to 46 during the same period a year earlier.

It was expected that the ban would help to curb antisocial behaviour.

Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for Scotland for BTP, said: “During the period April 2011 to March 2012 the Scotland area successfully achieved an objective to detect offenders indulging in anti-social behaviour.

“Officers will continue to support ScotRail in its efforts to combat alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour at stations, as it is recognised excessive alcohol consumption can be a contributory factor to the issue on the rail network.”

A spokeswoman for ScotRail said: “We are encouraged to see the number of accidents at stations has decreased by around 16% since the ban was introduced.

“We have always recognised it will take time to change ingrained behaviours, and we remain committed to our long-term objectives to ensure customers can travel in a pleasant environment.”

Mike Hewitson, head of policy at the independent watchdog Passenger Focus, which campaigns on behalf of rail users, said: “Passengers tell us that having more people patrolling the train makes them feel safer and that is to be welcomed.

“Although some of these figures could be explained by greater reporting, it is worrying to see any increase in behaviour that makes passengers feel threatened. As awareness of the ban grows we'd hope to see behaviour changing and these numbers decreasing.”

An RMT spokesperson said: “If it's increased, we would want to know why. We are always concerned about assaults on our staff, so if there has been an increase we would want to discuss that with the employer. Often these incidents are linked to football or concert-goers, as well as people coming off ferries with duty free.”

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

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25/06/2019Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services... more >
Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25/06/2019Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced... more >
Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in ... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey&rsqu... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... more >
Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24/06/2019Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

100 years of Women in Engineering, and transforming the future too One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (... more >
Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20/06/2019Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >