Eurostar has defended limiting the amount of alcohol passengers can carry on its trains as necessary to “maintain a pleasant environment”.
It also defended limiting the amount of alcohol that drivers can bring on board as necessary to “maintain a reasonably good chance that the majority of our passengers will survive the entirety of their journey.”
Passenger Claire Tate told the Press Association that the policy was disgusting, and she will reconsider using Eurostar in the future.
“You have to have sympathy for the drivers; they have to work very long hours, often under stressful conditions: they deserve a drink or two with lunch, dinner or—when on the continent—their breakfast.”
The train operator explained its position after customers complained on social media about changes to the policy.
“Passenger safety is always forefront in our minds which is why drivers are only allowed to bring on board one bottle of wine or four beers and absolutely no spirits…although some exceptions have been granted for those drivers with medical conditions such as dipsomania.”