BOOZE will be banned from trains later this month in a bid to keep passengers safe during popular events in Cheshire.
The ever-popular Chester Races returns to the Roodee next Saturday and race-goers travelling by rail will not be able to drink alcohol during their journey.
British Transport Police is enforcing the ban on trains across Cheshire and Merseyside as two additional events coincide with the races.
The Orange Lodge March on Merseyside and the Wirral Show in New Brighton also takes place on July 11. The event attracted about 25,000 visitors each year.
Chief inspector Neil Moffatt, who is organising BTP involvement for the events, said: “We want people to be able to enjoy the events on July 11, but we will do all that we can to keep passengers and rail staff safe.
“There is no doubt that alcohol is a contributing factor to many violent and anti-social incidents we deal with and, in view of this, we have decided to make all trains in Merseyside booze free.
“We have liaised closely with the train operating companies and Merseyside Police and all agencies will be working during the weekend to enforce the dry train policy.
“We accept that many people will have consumed drink during the day, but we will not allow anyone carrying alcohol to board a train.
“The choice is simple, surrender your booze or miss the train.”
To cope with the influx of people to Chester and the surrounding areas, BTP will deploy officers at a variety of stations and will also have a uniformed presence on many of the trains travelling to and from the event locations.