Anti-social behaviour crackdown

CHRISTMAS revellers are being warned that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on the local rail network during the festive season.

Both ScotRail and the British Transport Police (BTP) have teamed up to send out the message that passengers should enjoy themselves but also stay safe.

In July ScotRail announced a ban on the consumption and carrying of visible alcohol on its trains between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. and that those considered unfit due to the effects of alcohol could be prevented from travelling.

This move was in response to concerns from the travelling public about anti-social behaviour on trains and calls from the Scottish Government for action.

Rail passengers and staff across the country will notice an increase in high-profile BTP patrols on trains and at stations to help make sure revellers to their festive celebrations, and home again safely.

Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird of BTP said: “BTP wholeheartedly supports ScotRail in its crackdown which serves to send out a clear message that anti-social behaviour fuelled by excessive alcohol is not acceptable.

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable time over Christmas and New Year. However, we will be working with all our partners to make sure everyone can get to their office party or other event, and home again safely, and equally as importantly, without hindrance from others.”

And Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director added: “I welcome the public response to the alcohol ban on our trains between 9 p.m and 10 a.m.

“It sends out clear messages that anti-social behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable.

“This latest campaign over the festive period will further focus on education and awareness of the ban, designed to prevent a small minority having a disproportionate negative impact on the majority of passengers.”