Train commuters can now pick up a bottle of wine on their way home from work.

A specialist wine and craft beer shop has opened on platform four in Harpenden station.

Platform Wines is owned by James Allsopp and Daniel Blake who have recently opened another shop at Berkhamsted station.

Mr Allsopp said: “About six months ago it came up in conversation that an upmarket wine shop might be a good business idea.

“We were confident we weren’t the only station users who would be interested, especially when we started planning in earnest.”

Mr Allsopp said through market research, they found there was nowhere to buy wine on any routes towards the town's residential areas.

They offer wines ranging from under £10 a bottle to £95 and sell craft beers, ciders, spirits including whiskey and flavoured gin.

He added: “Our love of wine has already taken us on tasting tours of Australia, and we relish the opportunity to discover more high-quality drinks around the world and bring them back for Harpenden enthusiasts to enjoy.”

They both hope to create a chain of outlets for train commuters in the future.

Govia Thameslink Railway business development manager Rovin Vaz said: “We are delighted to attract such a high-quality local-based retailer to offer more choice and convenience to our passengers and the Harpenden community.”