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Don’t ruin your seasonal sparkle - keep a clear head at Bath Christmas market

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It’s official. With today’s opening of Bath Christmas Market, the festive season has arrived in the South West.

And we’re ready to play our part as we get set to welcome visitors from across the area - and beyond – looking to experience the seasonal charm of the famous attraction.

We’ll have officers out right across the railway network to help shoppers and revellers enjoy everything Bath has to offer at this time of year, in a safe and trouble-free environment.

Shawn Taylor, British Transport Police’s sector inspector for Bath, said: “The city comes alive during the festive period – Bath really does capture the magic of Christmas.

“The Christmas market has become one of the most popular in the UK, so it’s inevitable that this period is the busiest time of the year for the rail network.

“As such, we will have an increased presence at the station to welcome passengers to the city, to ensure their visit is as peaceful as possible, and to help them get home again safely.”

This Saturday (25 November) is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year at Bath Spa station, with Bath Rugby playing Harlequins at The Rec and the first weekend of the Christmas market set to attract visitors in their masses.

To cope with the extra demand, crowd control plans will be in place all day to ensure the safety of passengers and staff.

“Our job is to make sure people can travel to and from the market safely on public transport, and the co-operation of the travelling public is vital during this busy period,” said Insp Taylor.

“With that in mind, I would encourage people to plan your journey, familiarise yourselves with the queuing system in place on Saturday and look out for your friends and relatives.

“It’s also important to stay alert and keep an eye on your belongings, as busier trains and stations in the run-up to Christmas can create a fertile environment for thieves.

“Finally, it is Christmas so we expect people to let their hair down, have a drink and enjoy themselves, but please don’t go overboard. All we’d ask is that you be careful with how much you’re drinking and keep a clear head.

“We don’t want to be Scrooges, but stations can be dangerous places if you drop your guard – they become even more dangerous for people who have had a few too many drinks.

“Unfortunately, a small minority of people see trains as a guaranteed way of travelling after they’ve consumed too much alcohol. My message to these people is simple – if you turn up at the station drunk or acting aggressively towards staff and other passengers, you will be turned away and you will be refused travel.”

Bath Spa station manager Todd Graham added: “Please do enjoy yourself responsibly to ensure that you are able to board our services, and without risk to yourself, fellow passengers, and our staff.”

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