Alcohol and the railway can be a dangerous
cocktail, with some people taking unnecessary risks at stations, on
platforms and at level crossings after having a few drinks.
In the last 10 years, 25 people have been
killed due to alcohol-related incidents on the railway and 82
people were seriously injured, according to the Rail Safety and Standards Board
At BTP, our priority is to make sure everyone
gets to their destination safely.
If you’re out drinking and plan to use the
railway, we are asking you to keep a clear head.
Think about what you would do and how you
would behave if you were sober.
Alcohol affects our judgement and reasoning,
slows down reactions, upsets our balance and coordination and can
even impair vision and hearing.
The advice from Drink Aware is clear.
- The best way to keep the risks from alcohol to a low level is
to plan your night out in advance; make sure you know how you will
be getting home and that you have people you trust with you.
- Whilst out you should limit the total amount of alcohol you
consume, drink more slowly, with food, and alternate with
Every day, our police officers respond to
incidents where people have drunk too much alcohol and behave in a
way they wouldn’t dream of if they were sober.
The personal costs of this can be huge.
In the most extreme cases, it can be death or
In others, a criminal record, which can harm
your career or livelihood, your relationships and your dignity.
Can you afford it?
See a mum’s
heartbreaking story of her son’s death at a level
See one man’s account of the day his life changed after falling on
to an electrified rail.