Edinburgh train driver caught nine times over drink limit

A train driver who was arrested in his cab prior to driving a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow was almost nine times over the railway drink drive limit.

Thursday, 13th October 2016, 10:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:07 pm
The incident took place at Edinburgh Waverley. Picture; Neil Hanna


Colin Chapman, from Milngavie, was caught prior to driving the 11:30am service from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow on May 25 after staff reported that he smelled of alcohol.

Police were informed with Chapman giving a blood alcohol reading of 174, significantly more than the 20 legal limit for train drivers.

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A train arriving at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

The Scotrail driver also had a bottle of vodka in his rucksack.

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A court gave the 54-year-old driver a 12-month supervision order and 200 hours of unpaid work after he pled guilty to working as a train driver while unfit through drink.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan told Colin Chapman at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday that his very serious offence “could have had devastating consequences for other people”.

A train arriving at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

The court heard that Chapman, who is no longer employed at Scotrail, is now a full member of Alcoholics Anonymous and has been referred to a support service.