Drinking to be banned on trains?

23 February 2015

train Remember how bad the response was, when drinking on the London Underground was banned? Well, steel yourself, because the bosses of the railways are being asked to consider a ban on drinking on all trains.

So, that'd mean old dears not being able to have a G&T while going on a day trip or someone making a long commute more bearable with a can.

Of course, you can still get on a train absolutely bladdered, which means any notion of this being a thing to stop anti-social behaviour is out of the window. It also goes without saying that you don't have to be hammered on booze to be anti-social, either.

What's the big idea then?

Well, this is being floated by the Rail Safety and Standards Board because they want to do something about the number of people killed on the railways because they're drunk. In the last 5 years, 18 people were killed and 250 were seriously injured after they fell from platforms.

So you'll assume that the rail safety lot will be banning slippery shoes and people checking their phones when they should be looking where they're going, too? Not to mention banning passengers from frequenting any nearby pubs, especially the ones that are actually inside the train stations themselves.

This is only in consultation at the moment and you can imagine the Rail Safety and Standards lot won't be able to justify alcohol bans because, if they do and accidents keep happening, they might have to start spending some money on making train platforms safer, rather than blaming it on alcohol.

TOPICS:   Travel


  • Ol P.
    It actually works out at 1 (possibly alcohol related) accident every 400 million journeys taken. Find something else to do guys.
  • Father J.
    Ourageous! Why else would I forgo riding/driving were it not for the fact that I can get pissed up en route when travelling by train?

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