Train booze ban a success say officers

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FESTIVE revellers have been praised for behaving after police said they made no arrests linked to the booze ban on trains.

It was the first Christmas and New Year since ScotRail decided to prohibit the ­consumption of alcohol on 
its trains between 9pm and 10am.

The operator and British Transport Police (BTP) have thanked the public for their response to appeals to stay safe on the rail network.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “I thank customers for their ­support over the festive season. It sends out a clear ­message that they also consider anti-social behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable.

“We will continue our focus on education aimed at ­preventing a small minority having a disproportionately negative impact on the majority of ­passengers.”

Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, BTP’s area commander for Scotland, said: “Our ­dedicated operations over the festive period, including increased high-visibility patrols at stations and on trains, were well received by both the ­travelling public and rail staff.”