Alcohol ban for all UK trains
Have you ever enjoyed a cheeky few on the train? Can of lager on the way to a match? Gin & tonic from the buffet car? One of those teeny-tiny bottles of wine and a plastic cup just because? If so, hold onto those precious memories as they could soon be a thing of the past.
A report by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has called for an absolute ban on all alcohol on trains in a bid to reduce the number of drinking-related deaths on trains.
The RSSB found that almost half of all rail fatalities occurred during the 'platform-train interface', which in English means getting on and off the train. The report states that in the last ten years, 21 out of the total 32 train deaths involved intoxication.
Currently, drinking is permitted on all trains except those declared 'dry' before departure, which may include 'high risk' journeys such as those carrying angry football supporters.
One person to make it known that they oppose the ban is railway enthusiast and former Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman (remember him?), who said, ‘Most alcohol is not drunk on trains. It’s people coming out of office parties and abusing staff. [...] The answer is to stop drunks from entering the station in the first place.’
Wise words, Pete. Drinking on the train can be a beautiful thing, none more so than on the way to and from major horse racing events when people get too drunk to realise their cash winnings have slipped down the side of their seat. I remember fondly when, at my old Surrey-based uni, students would run onto the train and go 'minesweeping' for lost money once a year during Royal Ascot.