A view from the Bridge

THERE has been a broad welcome for ScotRail’s ban on alcohol during certain journey times.

From Friday of last week passengers are prevented from drinking or visibly carrying alcohol on services between 9pm and 10am.

The crackdown has been long overdue. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the unpleasant scenario when others start drinking to excess and we’re faced with prospect of a long trip and little that can do about it.

Thankfully, this should now be consigned to the past. Police will be alerted if passengers refuse to leave a train, or their behaviour is a cause of concern to staff and other travellers.

ScotRail runs 95% of rail services north of the border, so there should be marked improvement in the number of drink-related incidents which forced the company to act in the first place.

But at the end of the day it is just a start. Here in the North-east it is well documented that offshore workers like a tipple or two on their way north or south after their stint on the rigs is over. And more often than not their journeys are booked for morning and afternoons which are not covered by the ban.

Accepted it is a minority, but the problem is not going to go away and socially unacceptable behaviour on trains at other times of the day is something that clearly needs to be addressed at some stage down the line.

Well, it’s nearly upon us - the start of London 2012. Long-anticipated by some, not so much by others and I include myself in that grouping.

The Olympics have not had their problems to seek, most notably the fiasco surrounding security, and there is still a big questionmark over how much benefit they will actually bring in hard cash terms once all the dust has settled.

But a sporting spectacular it most certainly is and it will be interesting to see Team GB’s medal haul over the three weeks of competition.

NOW, one person more than fit to grace the Olympic stage is Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins. In the annals of UK sporting achievement they don’t come much better than this.

In some quarters, Wiggins, with his trademark sideburns and down-to-earth approach, is being hailed as the finest British sportsman of all time.

I’ve never been a great follower of cycling, bit I have to admit I was caught up in excitement as Wiggins closed in on becoming the first Briton to win the gruelling event.

The finale in the Champs-Elysees was a stirring sight with supporters descending on Paris to witness the historic event.