Thursday, 19 September 2013

Taking action on train anti social behaviour

This week I have called on Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police to investigate complaints of antisocial behaviour on the Newcastle - Carlisle train line. Both services do a fantastic job, in difficult circumstances, but I have written to Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sum Sim and Chief Superintendent of the British Transport Police Terry Nicholson to outline my concerns at anti social behaviour sometimes escalating into fights. I have received complaints from constituents who are both passengers and railway staff concerned at rowdy and occasionally abusive passengers being allowed on to the trains at newcastle, having had too much to drink, and then causing problems. The behaviour is often worst on the Friday evenings 21.18 from Newcastle, and occasionally on match day trains. We will sort it out, but I would welcome feedback from constituents on this issue
UPDATE
Interesting feedback, including the comment below, but many constituents make the case that this problem is not resolved. It helps that the trains are alcohol free, but the issue is why the police in Newcastle are letting some people well under the influence to get on these trains, if the BTP are getting off at Hexham, which they are.