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Plans to ban alcohol on new tram service

AN alcohol ban will be enforced on Edinburgh's tram service when it opens in 2014, under proposals to be put to councillors this week.

A set of by-laws banning unruly behaviour, putting luggage in the way of passengers or playing noisy music or musical instruments has been drawn up which would also prevent "intoxicated" people from getting on a tram or carrying "intoxicating liquor". If breached, the regulations carry a maximum fine of up to £1000.

The plans, which will be put before Edinburgh Council on Thursday, come after ScotRail implemented a 9pm curfew on drinking alcohol in June, which applies to all services except the overnight Caledonian Sleeper.

A spokeswoman for the council said the by-laws had been drafted after considering similar rules in place for other train and tram operators.

Lesley Hinds, the council's transport convener, said the plans were out for public consultation, with a final version due to be published next March.

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