Letters: Train alcohol ban must be carefully thought out

A selective train alcohol ban would be acceptable. Picture: Jane Barlow
A selective train alcohol ban would be acceptable. Picture: Jane Barlow
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I HAVE concerns regarding calls for a crackdown on booze on public transport (‘Police probe dirty dozen’ News, September 8).

While in principle one should support a crackdown, I have major concerns over how a policy like this would be implemented.

Obviously we can’t have drunken louts running amok on public transport, but they should be dealt with in a very severe manner to make an example of them and hopefully discourage others from doing similar.

What exactly does a crackdown mean? I would certainly support a ban of alcohol on certain trains, such as local late night services or perhaps trains that a high number of football or rugby supporters might be travelling on.

I would not support a ban of alcohol on long distance trains. Why should a business man who has worked hard all week be denied a glass of wine with his meal on a nine-hour journey from Penzance to Aberdeen?

I am also interested to know if a ban would apply to all alcoholic containers or just ones that had been opened. If I purchase alcohol as part of my shopping will I be allowed to carry this home?

I recently came into Edinburgh and bought a bottle of gin for my father’s birthday. I would not like to think I would be unable to carry something like that home on the train.

Overall I would not like to see a ban on alcohol on public transport, but would welcome sensible enforced crackdowns at certain times so long as it does not interfere with people going about their lawful business such as the Christmas or birthday shopping scenario described above.

I think another positive step would be to treat serious misbehaviour on trains/public transport in exactly the same way that it would be dealt with if it happened on board an aircraft and if necessary a new offence created of endangering a train/bus and/or the crew.

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife

Problems with new Borders rail tickets

Before the SNP Government and Abellio/Scotrail congratulate themselves too much over the reopened line, are they aware that the self- service machines at the stations and indeed Waverley as well, do not recognise any station south of the old terminus of Newcraighall.

I went to Waverley to buy a cheap day return to Tweedbank having had no luck at Brunstane and was met by a huge queue waiting to get various tickets.....a notice saying use the self-service machine was a bit incongruous! I suppose they have only had about three years to update the machines.

And the irony was that no one checked my ticket during each journey, so I need not have bothered!

This must be addressed as a matter of urgency otherwise all good vibes will be lost.

Scott Miller, Coillesdene Avenue, Joppa

Integrated transport system vital for UK

It may not have occurred to those in authority, but Britain happens to be an island and as such we do not have the room to take large numbers even on a temporary basis.

This may appear cruel, but even in public transport, ships/boats, aircraft and buses are designed to carry so much and no more.

It would be far better if the refugees and others could persuade heads of countries to improve conditions and thereby reverse the movement before it gets out of hand.

As it is, we do not have the transport network to handle large numbers, thanks to a certain Dr Beeching who forgot the principle of freedom of choice and if he had opted for the principle of road and rail working together, we might not be in the mess we are now.

Perhaps those in authority should follow the example set by HM the Queen that service to the community wins every time.

CJR Fentiman, Polwarth Gardens, Edinburgh

It’s time to show charity to refugees

CHURCH leaders are correct to urge the UK Government to demonstrate love and compassion by providing refuge to people fleeing war.

The Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, the Moderator of the General Assembly, said he was observing the response from Britain with growing alarm and concerned about the type of language being used to describe them.

The UK should take its fair share of refugees who are being treated badly and should be shown respect.

We are all human beings, no matter what race we may be. We are all God’s people.

Mrs June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh

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