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Trial alcohol ban on East Coast rail service extended

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Trial alcohol ban on East Coast rail service extended

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2013-05-03 East Coast to trial alcohol ban on north east service (East Coast)


1 August 2013
source East Coast
type Press release

Measure aims to ensure comfortable travel for all

Train operator East Coast is to extend an alcohol ban on a morning train from North East Scotland to ensure comfortable travel for passengers.

The trial ban will now apply on Fridays only until 27 September, and only on the 09.52 service from Aberdeen, for journeys as far south as Newcastle. The train calls at several stations along Scotland’s North East coast, including Stonehaven, Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee, en route to Edinburgh, Newcastle and London King’s Cross.

The restriction means passengers will not be permitted to bring alcohol in any form onto this train, or to drink it on-board between Aberdeen and Newcastle stations. No alcohol will be sold at the train’s cafe-bar, though other hot and cold refreshments will continue to be available as usual.

East Coast’s Commercial and Customer Service Director Peter Williams said: “The trial was introduced following discussions with the British Transport Police, following a number of instances of anti-social behaviour on this train between Aberdeen and Newcastle.

“Our aim in extending the trial is to ensure that all of our customers can enjoy a pleasant and comfortable journey. East Coast’s clear and responsible message to all passengers is that anti-social behaviour which spoils the journey for everyone won’t be tolerated.”

British Transport Police officers support East Coast staff on trains and at stations to ensure the safety of all rail passengers.


Notes to Editors

Under Byelaw 4 (2) of the Railway Byelaws, it is a criminal offence for any person travelling on services where the possession or sale of intoxicating liquor has been prohibited, to attempt to enter such trains with alcohol in their possession, or to be in possession of alcohol while on-board the train.

East Coast works closely with the British Transport Police and other train operators to review the relatively small number of incidents on its trains and managed stations and consider if restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol are appropriate, to ensure the safety of all passengers.

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