ScotRail outlaw late-night drink on trains

ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.
ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.

SCotRail chiefs have praised the public’s response to a late-night drink ban on its trains.

The company, which runs 95% of Scotland’s trains, called a halt to passengers drinking or visibly carrying alcohol between 9pm and 10am on its services.

The ban was imposed on Friday and Scotrail officials said they had been encouraged by the initial reaction from travellers.

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

British Transport Police (BTP) has had to respond to hundreds of drink-related incidents in the last year, with an increasing number of trains delayed due to anti-social behaviour.

ScotRail is taking a “softly softly” approach in the first fortnight, gently phasing in the new rules to give people time to get used to the idea.

The ban affects all trains and stations apart from Caledonian sleeper services to London.

The operator has also said its staff will use common sense in enforcing the ban, and stresses that customers’ bags will not be searched before or during their journeys.

Alcohol will still be sold on ScotRail trains, although it will operate a pub-style “last orders” system