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Mayor unveils plan to ban alcohol on the transport network
From 1 June 2008, drinking from and carrying open containers of alcohol will be banned, making the tube a safer and more pleasant experience for passengers.
The Mayor joined London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, to unveil information posters advising passengers of the plans, which will be displayed on the Transport for London network from today.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“I’m determined to improve the safety and security of public transport in London and create a better environment for the millions of Londoners who rely on it. I firmly believe that if we drive out so called minor crime then we will be able to get a firm grip on more serious crime. That’s why from June 1st the drinking of alcohol will be banned from the tube, tram, bus, and Docklands Light Railway.
“The ban is supported by the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, and over the next month Transport for London will make the necessary legal changes and consult with staff.”
Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said:
“We are already working closely with Boris Johnson and his team to improve safety and security on the transport network. I am sure that cutting out boozing on public transport will be welcomed by our passengers and staff.”
Don Shenker, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, said:
“Alcohol Concern welcomes the decision to ban drinking on all Transport for London modes. Public drinking and the behaviour sometimes associated with it can , and does, deeply affect people’s ability to enjoy public spaces. Taking a firm approach to public drinking in this way sends a strong message that public drunkenness is socially unacceptable and will support both the public and transport staff. This in the end, is what ‘culture change’ is all about.”
“We welcome this measure to prohibit the consumption of alcohol on Tube trains and stations. This will help us deal proactively with those who engage in unsafe and antisocial behaviour, which is a key priority for BTP.”
Notes to Editors
TfL intends to implement the policy through a change to the Conditions of Carriage relating to Underground and Bus services. This will specify that alcohol cannot be consumed or carried in open containers on any service.
DLR has “Rules for using tickets” which are similar to TfL’s Conditions of Carriage, and can be amended in the same way.
For media enquiries please call Mayor’s Press Office on 020 7983 4070.
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