Extra security on Ale Trail? Why?

OWNERS of venues on the popular Trans-Pennine Ale Trail have been left bemused by talk extra security will be brought in at weekends.More guards are thought to be on the agenda to prevent rowdy drinkers causing problems on the route.

However, Beerhouses, which owns the Stalybridge Buffet Bar as well as a stop in Dewsbury, has been left dumbfounded by talk of an increased presence.

Head of sales, operations and brand development, Barry Shaw said: “We have not heard or noticed that there has been an increased level of security and to be honest I am surprised that there is an extra need at the current time.

“There hasn’t been any incidents as far as we are aware that have impacted either ourselves or locally caused by the Ale Trail.

“We run pubs both on and off the Ale Trail and in all honesty there has been no difference in the minor problems that we face regards anti-social behaviour or disorder.”

As well as the supposed extra security, rail passengers have been advised by TransPennine Express they cannot pre-book seats on weekend services along the entire Manchester to Hull line in a bid to prevent rows over reservations.

It said it “can’t do” part reservations on its services, meaning all trains between Manchester and Hull have been affected.

It described the introduction as “not ideal” but said it is because of the number of issues caused by passengers on the Ale Trail.

Stalybridge is either the start or the end of the Ale Trail, depending in which way you are travelling, with Batley, West Yorkshire, at the other end.

Drinkers are not allowed on the platform and in 2013, the decision was made to stop serving lager, shots and spirit doubles between noon and 8pm on Saturdays.

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