Passengers travelling from Sunderland station are facing dry trains this weekend as Grand Central impose a booze ban between the city and York.
Alcohol restrictions will be in place on Saturday on train services from Sunderland as people head to the races and Hartlepool’s away clash at York.
Excess alcohol consumption is a well-known precursor to antisocial behaviour and allowing extremely drunk people to travel is a recipe for disasterBritish Transport Police Inspector Richard Price
The purchase, consumption and carrying of alcohol will be prohibited on the 8.30am and 12.18am Sunderland to York service, as well as return services departing York at 6.18pm, 6.42pm and 9.01pm. Very drunk people will also be refused travel.
“There has been a noticeable increase in the number of complaints from passengers who have been travelling on these services and they report having been subjected to alcohol related anti social behaviour,” British Transport Police Inspector Richard Price said.
“Officers and rail staff will be at stations and on trains along the route and will be asking people to surrender any alcohol they may be carrying. Passengers will not be allowed to board the services with alcohol and will be refused travel.
“Trains are not extensions of bars and clubs; they are used by everyone including families, young people and the elderly. Other passengers do not want to travel and be subjected to the drunk, intoxicated and often intimidating behaviour of others under the influence of alcohol.
“Excess alcohol consumption is a well-known precursor to antisocial behaviour and allowing extremely drunk people to travel is a recipe for disaster. We will not allow them to travel and they will be asked to leave the station and travel by other means.”