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On Thursday 23rd October we caught the 11.15 train from Paddington to Cardiff Central. My husband had reserved two seats with table some two months before. From the onset of the journey four young men who occupied the seats behind us downed endless cans of lager, I suspect they were already drunk when they boarded the train. Their belching and foul language together the high volume of their portable CD player made our journey extremely unpleasant. It was impossible to concentrate to read and our conversation was virtually unheard.
by now they were very drunk - and still drinking..-
We hoped when the ticket collector came he would ask them to turn down the noise but he was seen approaching the carriage and when he arrived the music had been switched off and the young men were sitting quietly in their seats. When he left the carriage, the music and swearing continued as loud as before. I had thought of asking the ticket collector to speak to them but I felt he could be intimidated by them as by now they were very drunk - and still drinking, so I said nothing and in any case it would have appeared to the ticket collector I was making a fuss about nothing as the carriage was so quiet and orderly. My stepdaughter whom we were visiting, said I should have texted her about it and she would have phoned the Transport Police. When they left the carriage at Cardiff Central they left behind an empty box and large number of empty lager cans strewn all over the floor. One of the lads also had a bag full of beer - they were heard talking about it.
We have always enjoyed travelling to Wales by train, my elderly husband especially but on this occasion, although he wouldn't admit it I know he was intimidated by the the anti-social behaviour of these young men. I suggested we moved to another carriage but he was loathe to leave the seats he had pre-booked and in any case, why should we have to?
Could you tell me please what the situation is regarding alcohol being brought and drunk on public transport? Apart from doing as my stepdaughter suggested what should we do if the situation were to happen again? I would be really concerned about trying to get a ticket collector or guard to intervene as who knows what awful outcome would ensue, and I would hate to think someone was harmed in response to our request for help.
Thank you for reading this.
By: Mrs C.E.Gardiner