NORTHERN Rail have launched a new campaign to crackdown on drunken behaviour this Christmas.

The train operator has joined forces with British Transport Police to tackle drunken behaviour from commuters heading to Manchester this festive season.

A spokesman said anyone who is deemed too drunk will be refused travel and may be asked to leave Northern’s city centre stations.

Liam Sumpter, Regional Director for Northern, said: “Sadly, too often we have to deal with customers who have had way too much to drink and not only put their own safety at risk, but often act aggressively towards our staff.

“This year we are taking a stand against such behaviour and will stop anyone who is too drunk from travelling on our trains."

Northern’s Christmas alcohol and anti-social behaviour campaign has been timed to coincide with the Manchester Christmas Markets and will run from this month through to the new year.