Dry trains as Hartlepool United travel to York

Grand Central has announced trains will be dry on the day of Sunderland's first home game of the season.
Grand Central has announced trains will be dry on the day of Sunderland's first home game of the season.

Fans travelling by train to and from Pools’ clash with York City next month are facing a booze ban.

Ronnie Moore’s men will kick off at Bootham Crescent at 3pm on Saturday, August 15.

Now Grand Central, which operates trains between Hartlepool and York, has announced trains before and after the game will be dry.

No alcohol will be permitted on the 8.30am Sunderland to Kings Cross; 8.35am and 11.32am non-stop Hartlepool to York, and 12.18pm Sunderland to King’s Cross services.

The 6.13pm, 6.42pm and 9.01pm services between York and Sunderland will also be dry and no alcohol will be permitted on York station after 6pm.

“Everyone has the right to travel in a pleasant, comfortable and safe environment,” said a company spokesman

“Treating our customers and staff without the correct level of respect will not be tolerated by Grand Central.

“Our security staff and trains are equipped with CCTV equipment and the footage would be used in prosecutions for anti-social behaviour.