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« on: June 24, 2019, 07:57:54 pm »

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Eurostar has defended limiting the amount of alcohol passengers can carry on its trains as necessary to "maintain a pleasant environment".

The train operator explained its position after customers complained on social media about changes to the policy.
It allows one bottle of wine or four cans of beer and no spirits.

Previously, there were restrictions on ski resort routes and temporary ones for sporting events.

Although Eurostar says it made the changes last year, passengers appear to have only just started to notice.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2019, 05:18:31 am »

I think Australia banned the selling of alcohol on their trains some time ago.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 08:48:34 am »

I think Australia banned the selling of alcohol on their trains some time ago.

As I read it, you can still buy alcohol (including spirits) on Eurostar ... and you can pay their shippers 30 a piece to send your luggage ahead off you / behind you rather than accompanying it.  I wonder how much the ban is because of antisocial behaviour and attempts to limit it, and how much might be intended to help generate income for luggage handling and on train sales of booze.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2019, 10:28:18 am »

I think Australia banned the selling of alcohol on their trains some time ago.

Let's be honest with the new IET trains with their "mobile" buffets, GWR are basically operating a dry train already
Three Saturdays on the trot recently I travelled from Weston to Paddington, out of those six journeys I only saw the trolley once
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2019, 11:27:57 am »

Another small but regrettable step towards making rail travel less attractive and more hassle, if compared to air or road transport.
Alcoholic drink may be carried in a car on a cross channel ferry, or in an aircraft, with the volume limited only by customs regulations, or by limits on size or weight of luggage.

To carry a bottle of spirits as a gift on Eurostar will cost an extra 30 as checked luggage, but by air or road/ferry there is no extra charge. That will help increase air transport and carbon emissions.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2019, 11:22:53 pm »

To carry a bottle of spirits as a gift on Eurostar will cost an extra 30 as checked luggage, but by air or road/ferry there is no extra charge. That will help increase air transport and carbon emissions.

Wouldn't fancy my chances getting it through security at Heathrow in hand baggage! Checked baggage on planes is now extra too. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2019, 11:46:25 am »

Wouldn't fancy my chances getting it through security at Heathrow in hand baggage! Checked baggage on planes is now extra too. 
At least checked baggage on planes is available on all routes where it's required. Eurostar's checked baggage is only available between London and Paris/Lille/Brussels.

You also have to drop it off 90 minutes before departure, eroding another key selling point of Eurostar - remember, their front page promotes "Two-bag travel allowance and no extra fees" and "Save time and money" as two of their features and this change has weakened both of those - hope the profit from selling more checked baggage is worth it for them!
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 04:10:53 pm »

It looks as though Eurostar has backed down/clarified its position (you choose) to only relate to alcohol consumed on board. So you can still bring back booze for consumption later. 


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