Alcohol ban for southbound service

Alcohol-free zone:Montrose station will be patrolled by British Transport Police as part of East Coast's alcohol ban.'Staff photograph
Alcohol-free zone:Montrose station will be patrolled by British Transport Police as part of East Coast's alcohol ban.'Staff photograph

INCIDENTS of anti-social behaviour on a southbound train service have prompted rail operator East Coast to impose an alcohol ban on passengers.

The four-week ban on the 9.52am service between Aberdeen and Newcastle will begin tomorrow (Friday) and run until the end of the month. Passengers will be prevented from taking alcohol on board or drinking while travelling and alcohol will not be on sale during the journey.

British Transport Police officers will monitor stations on the train’s route, including Montrose, as well as on-board the service.

Peter Williams, the company’s commercial and customer service director said the move follows discussions with the transport police and a long-term decision will be reached after the ban’s results have been reviewed.

He said: “The trial follows a number of recent instances of antisocial behaviour on this train between Aberdeen and Newcastle. Our aim is to ensure that all of our customers can enjoy a more pleasant and comfortable journey. It’s important that we send a clear and responsible message to all passengers that anti-social behaviour which spoils the journey for everyone won’t be tolerated.”

Passengers who booked online will be e-mailed in advance to warn them about the change.