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February 24, 2015

Train safety board confirms alcohol will not be prohibited on UK trains

The Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) has said that the consumption of alcohol on the UK train network will not be banned.

By Samseer M

The Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) has said that the consumption of alcohol on the UK train network will not be banned.

The Independent reported that the safety regulator dismissed the reports of prohibiting alcohol in UK trains as ‘totally wrong’.

The confirmation comes after several media reports emerged last week about RSSB considering plans to ban alcohol on UK trains.

The speculation follows after the safety agency published a report arguing intoxication was a factor in 21 of 32 passenger fatalities over the past decade.

"This formalised agreement will be supported by investigation into additional legislation and policy that could be used to support the management of intoxicated passengers."

The agency also provided measures to prevent these accidents and decided to produce a ‘formalised agreement’ for Network Rail, the British Transport Police and station staff on managing intoxicated passengers.

The RSSB report read as: "This formalised agreement will be supported by investigation into additional legislation and policy that could be used to support the management of intoxicated passengers, for example banning the sale and consumption of alcohol on trains (similar to TfL)."

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However, the Independent reported that a RSSB spokesperson said that there are no plans to ban drinking on the network despite the fact that intoxication is one risk factor among many in injury or fatal cases.

He also added that a ‘dry train’ policy can be enforced on particular journeys, including trains serving travellers heading for events such as football matches.

London Underground banned alcohol consumption in 2008 as part of mayor Boris Johnson’s initiative to reduce crime on the network.

In 2012, ScotRail also decided to outlaw the possession and consumption of alcohol on its services between 9pm and 10am.

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