Eurostar commuters have unified in their outrage after the high-speed railway accommodation connecting the UK with mainland Europe tightened its alcohol restrictions. Eurostar has restricted the number of booze passengers can bring on board. Travellers are banned from bringing any spirits onto the queues. They are also only permitted one bottle of wine or four cans of beer each.
Eurostar has said this is to turn the atmosphere on-board the railway service more “pleasant.”
If train-goers liking to take more than the alcohol allowance they are advised to use the entourage’s luggage service, which charges a minimum fee of £30 per item.
Eurostar conditions in the “prohibited items” section of their website that passengers are allowed: “Four bottles or cans of beer or one restrain of wine per person. No spirits are permitted.
“If you’d like to take extra hard stuff with you, you can – just use Eurodespatch our registered luggage service if you’d like to introduce some home.
Despite the toughened restrictions, Eurostar still states on their bags allowance page: “There’s no restriction on liquids (except on the ski train) so you can drove a bottle of bubbly for the train, or bring back some Parisian toilet water or a bottle or two from a château-hopping trip.”
Passengers have taken to collective media to complain about the recent changes.
The restrictions were dubbed “laughable,” “unnecessary” and “worse than Brexit.”
“Eurostar has quietly switched its luggage policy, and now no-one is allowed on with even a small gumption of spirits given (or to be given) as a present for example. And no more than one hold back of wine. This is completely unnecessary. Eurostar is a TRAIN not a plane,” one globe-trotter posted on Twitter.
“Sometimes it seems like Eurostar think ‘what people fall short of is an experience more like flying’ and pick all the bad things about the most recent…” another added.
A third person tweeted: “Someone at Eurostar woke up and pursued ‘hm, trains have a reputation for being a more relaxed and easygoing accumulate of travel than flying. Can’t have that.’”
Another wrote on Tizzy: “I see Eurostar have turned into nannying fanatics.”
However, some group media users took the side of the railway service which runs from London to Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Disneyland Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, and Rotterdam.
“Unfortunately Brits accept a reputation of being pissheads,” one Twitter user wrote. “This, together with the heedlessness for not respecting laws outside the UK, has probably contributed to Eurostar’s decision. It’s inauspicious but the minority can spoil it for everyone.”
Eurostar has defended their alcohol protocol. A Eurostar spokesman told Express.co.uk: “Our policy was updated last Autumn, and we now limit alcohol to one bottle of wine per person or four bottles/cans of beer.
“This outcome was made to maintain a pleasant environment on board for all our travellers.
“Those that desire to take more with them for consumption at home can do so using our put luggage service, EuroDespatch.”
The service adds online: “Although you can attract alcohol with you and we serve alcohol on board, safety is our top priority. So, wish drink in moderation. If you behave in an antisocial way which ruins the journey for other riders or break any laws or by-laws, we might ask you to leave the train at the nearest appoint.”
In related news, airline passengers prone to being rowdy could now be hit with an £80,000 penalty or even denied boarding. New regulations, part of the Government’s Aviation Industry-led One Too Varied campaign, will impact UK airport passengers.
The campaign will put in mind of passengers travelling from 14 UK airports of the impact of disruptive manners, with warnings posted on digital display screens throughout the connections.
Advice will also be issued prior to travel, on social mid-point sites including Facebook and Instagram.
Both awareness campaigns choice stress penalties can range from being denied boarding, consummates of up to £80,000 or jail for the most serious offences.