Page last updated at 10:31 GMT, Saturday, 11 July 2009 11:31 UK

Alcohol ban in force on railway

Liverpool Central station
Uniformed officers will be stationed across the network

A complete alcohol ban is in force on trains on the Merseyside rail network this weekend, police have warned.

About 25,000 people are expected to use trains on Saturday to travel to the Orange Lodge March in Liverpool, the Wirral Show and Chester Races.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the ban would ensure passengers were kept "as safe as possible".

Visitors from across the north west of England are expected to attend the three events on Merseyside.

Officers from BTP have been deployed at a number of stations across Merseyside and will have a uniformed presence on a number of trains.

The choice is simple, surrender your booze or miss the train
Ch Insp Neil Moffatt

Ch Insp Neil Moffatt, leading the operation, said: "We want people to be able to enjoy the events on 11 July, but we will do all that we can to keep passengers and rail staff safe.

"There is no doubt that alcohol is a contributing factor to many violent and anti-social incidents we deal with and, in view of this, we have decided to make all trains in Merseyside booze free.

"We have liaised closely with the train operating companies and Merseyside Police and all agencies will be working during the weekend to enforce the dry train policy.

"We accept that many people will have consumed drink during the day, but we will not allow anyone carrying alcohol to board a train.

"The choice is simple, surrender your booze or miss the train."

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