- 6 Jun 2005
Train company to stub out smoking
Train operator GNER says it will make its trains smoke-free from 29 August, after passenger consultation.
The company's research had shown more than 90% of passengers do not smoke and that most want smoking on trains to be abolished.
Customer complaints about smoking had risen by 172% during the past two years, as tolerance reduced.
The smoking ban was welcomed by the Rail Passenger Committee's East Coast Panel.
Customer feedback had also suggested smoking on trains could be a deterrent to travel, GNER said.
GNER's chief operating officer Jonathan Metcalfe said: "Up until now we have tried hard to accommodate the diminishing number of people who wish to smoke whilst travelling with us.
"But it is now very clear the majority of our passengers are in favour of a total ban on smoking on our trains.
"We have responded accordingly."
GNER's move follows similar smoking bans introduced by other public transport companies.
GNER runs passenger services on the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, the North East of England and Scotland.