During the festive period there is a sharp increase in the number of alcohol related incidents on the railway as people go to work parties or catch up with friends and family over a few drinks.
Most rail passengers believe they are taking the safe option by getting the train home after consuming alcohol. In part this is true however the railway and alcohol can also be a dangerous mix, especially in railway stations.
Alcohol can affect vision and judgement and this can be dangerous in a station environment.
We understand that at this time of year, people are out having a good time and having a few drinks but we do see an increase in the number of incidents fuelled by alcohol. The ask is simple – look out for your friends and colleagues getting the train home if they’ve had a few too many. Speak to a member of station staff or British Transport Police if needed.
Becky Warren, inspector, British Transport Police
Christmas is a time when many people find themselves drinking more than they normally would. That’s why it’s vital that we all look after ourselves and each other on a night out
Elaine Hindal, chief executive, Drinkaware