Boris to ban all alcohol on London transport system

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has unveiled plans to ban alcohol on the capital’s transport system from June 1st.

Mr Johnson declared that drinking from and carrying open containers of alcohol will be illegal.

The measure was a key manifesto pledge from the Conservative mayor during his recent campaign.

Mr Johnson said on the plans: “I’m determined to improve the safety and security of public transport in London and create a better environment for the millions of Londoners who rely on it.

“I firmly believe that if we drive out so-called minor [crime] then we will be able to get a firm grip in more serious crime. That’s why from June 1st the drinking of alcohol will be banned for the tube, tram, bus, and Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

“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.”

London’s transport commissioner Peter Hendy added: “We are already working closely with Boris Johnson and his team to improve safety and security on the transport network. I am sure that cutting out boozing on public transport will be welcomed by out passengers and staff.”

The charity Alcohol Concern said it backed the move, saying it sent a “strong message” that public drunkenness is unacceptable.

Mr Johnson was elected as mayor of London this weekend after defeating Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, who was running for a third term in office.