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Party signals the start of alcohol ban on Hamburg's public transport

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Party signals the start of alcohol ban on Hamburg's public transport

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In Hamburg on the metro around 1,000 revellers turned up to stage what they called, “a good bye party”.

Corks popped and alcohol flowed freely just hours before a ban on alcohol came into force on public transport in the city.

Authorities announced the move last month hoping it will help stamp out vandalism though one party goer disputed the two were connected.

“We want to show drinking alcohol on the train and an escalation of violence don’t necessarily go together. We are having a sort of guerilla gala with people turning up to share champagne.”

The ban follows intense debate whether it is manageable and if it will work. A 40 euro fine awaits anyone breaking the ban.

Over 500 security personnel will be on patrol to watch for offenders. Along with the fine people will be asked to dispense of their drinks and end their journey.