04
Jun-2008

Mayor Boris Johnson’s ban on booze on the London transport system brought out the protest in people last Saturday as thousands of drinkers held parties all over the underground network. Although concentrated on the Circle Line, parties were also held on the Piccadilly line and others on the tube network.

On the day when drinking would be banned from London’s transport system, revelers poured on to the underground network to have one last party leaving other underground users bemused. It is reported that up to 10,000 people rode the trains drinking and partying to the wee small hours. The police reported a small number of arrests and there were some casualties.

_44710147_stuart.jpgThere has been a mixed reaction to the ‘protest’ parties since the weekend. RMT boss, Bob Crowe was furious and blamed major Boris Johnson for implementing an ‘unworkable’ ban and demanded London’s new mayor apologize to his workers for the abuse they received. Others have said the mayor is totally justified in implementing the ban, and Saturday’s nights antics prove his point.

The Circle line party and other parties where organized and promoted via the online social networking site Facebook.
Photos © Andrew Crowe, Stuart

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  1. Jenny /

    That had to be a sight! I’m sure the riders will be less amusing now!

  2. Celina Buy /

    I don’t see why there should be such a squabble about this. I would have thought it would be illegal anyway.

  3. Leyton Jay /

    Its a shame that on your way home after a long day, you cant even be trusted to buy a (alcoholic) drink for the journey home for fear that you might kick-off. Like some kind of unstable nutter.

    If you’re nutty enough to kick-off on a passenger train you’re nutty enough to either ignore this ban or kick-off none-the-less. Instead Boris’ Ban penalises people who just wanna chill out after a long day.

    Now people will be more prone to binge drinking as soon as they hit London cos they weren’t able to drink on the train and need to catch up. Or worse still, they are gonna rush down a few after-work drinks before they get on the train and be unexpectedly hammered on a packed, moving-vehicle.

  4. Stirlyn /

    Truly CDL, drinking alcohol on London transport has been banned.

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