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'Dry' train on Tyne Valley rail route

Dry train service to try to stop alcohol related incidents Credit: ITV

Alcohol is to be banned on the Newcastle to Carlisle rail route.

Starting on Saturday 22 June, the 7.25 pm service will be a ‘Dry Train’ meaning no alcohol will be allowed on board.

Alcohol is already banned on the 9.18 pm Newcastle to Carlisle service.

Martyn Guiver, Head of Crime Management for Northern Rail, said:

“We have had a number of complaints about alcohol related incidents, due to a small minority drinking alcohol on the train.

"We put the safety of customers and employees first and so this will now be a ‘Dry Train’.”