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London Mayor bans booze on public transport

Published:  23 July, 2008

Boris Johnson, the newly elected Mayor of London, has announced the banning of alcohol on the capital's transport network from June 1 2008.

The pledge formed a key part of his campaign manifesto and the Mayor has wasted no time in implementing the measures.

From June 1, it will be illegal to drink from and carry open containers of alcohol on London's Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway and station network.

Peter Hendy, London's transport commissioner announced a set of informational posters would be displayed on the Transport for London from May 7.

Johnson said he was "determined" to improve the safety and security of Londoners.

He added: "I firmly believe that if we drive out so called minor crime then we will be able to get a firm grip on more serious crime. That's why from June 1st the drinking of alcohol will be banned from the tube, tram, bus, and Docklands Light Railway.

"The ban is supported by the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, and over the next month Transport for London will make the necessary legal changes and consult with staff."

Don Shenker, Alcohol Concern chief executive, welcomed the legislation.

He said: "Taking a firm approach to public drinking in this way sends a strong message that public drunkenness is socially unacceptable and will support both the public and transport staff. This in the end, is what culture change' is all about."