Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Dean Carr
Is it legal to drink alcohol on the train?
Train journeys and British alcohol licensing laws
A person can legally drink and buy alcohol on trains throughout the United Kingdom. It should be remembered, however, that a train company can decide to run a ‘dry’ train, on which it is not permissible to consume alcohol on board, or even to carry alcohol. Notices are put up in advance to warn passengers, as this measure is often put in place temporarily, such as in the case of a train going to a football match.
Drinking in public.
Under the Licensing Act 2003, it is normally legal for people over 18 to drink in public. An exception is made in areas where a Designated Public Place Order is in place, as this order gives the police special powers to prevent public drinking and confiscate offending items.
It remains illegal for under 18s to drink in public, and police may legally move on under 18s if they have been drinking and confiscate alcohol.