MP calls for crackdown on Tyne Valley rail misery
Last updated at 07:36, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
Booze-fuelled rowdies on late night trains on the Tyne Valley line are making life a misery for other passengers.
Noisy and abusive behaviour sometimes escalates into full-blown fights, especially after football matches, and on Friday nights.
Now Hexham’s MP Guy Opperman has signalled the end of the rowdyism, which subjects other passengers to a “hostile and intimidating atmosphere.”
He has written to Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim and Chief Superintendent of the British Transport Police Terry Nicholson asking them to pull the communication cord on the anti social behaviour.
He has received complaints from both passengers and railway staff concerned that rowdy and occasionally abusive passengers are being allowed onto trains at Newcastle and then causing problems.
Mr Opperman said the behaviour is “fuelled by far too much alcohol.”
In his letter Mr Opperman says the behaviour is “most notably on match days or on Friday evenings” and singles out the 21.18 service from Newcastle as a particular problem.
British Transport Police officers do start off on the train from Newcastle but get off at Hexham, leaving his constituents living between Hexham and Gilsland open to abuse.
He said: “Passenger safety is paramount. It is vitally important they can travel safely and without fear on this important rail route.
“I will not accept that this intimidation is something my constituents should have to suffer. I look forward to a response from the police and BTP and hope we can find a solution.”
First published at 08:37, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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