Alcohol on the railway

Clear head

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 (RSSB).

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.

Reducing risk

Alcohol affects our judgement and reasoning, slows down reactions, upsets our balance and coordination and can even impair vision and hearing.

Clear headThe 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 water.

Personal cost

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 life-changing injuries.

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 crossing.

See one man’s account of the day his life changed after falling on to an electrified rail.