London Mayor Bans Subway Boozing

End of the line for lushes
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2008 6:40 AM CDT
London Mayor Bans Subway Boozing
London Mayor Boris Johnson prefers cabs to the city's Tube system. He has fulfilled a campaign pledge by banning alcohol on London's buses and famous Tube system.   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)

One of the first acts of the newly elected mayor of London was to ban drinking alcohol on London's Tube subway system and buses, USA Today reports. The ban, which was a campaign pledge by Boris Johnson, will take effect Sunday. Public drinking has been commonplace in Britain for decades.

"Too many people have the unpleasant experience of sitting opposite someone swigging a can of lager," said Johnson. "I'm determined to improve the safety and security of public transport." (Read more London Transport stories.)

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