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Crowd control measures in force at New Street station

Crowd control measures at Birmingham New Street in 2013 Credit: Network Rail

Crowd control measures will be in force at Birmingham New Street Station again this weekend, after 100,000 more people than usual passed through the station last Saturday.

People reacted on social media last week that the concourse was overcrowded, and one person complained his 5 year old son had been injured.

230,000 people used the station last Saturday - 100,000 more than usual Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail said however they had received no formal complaints, and insisted the measures put in place were completely safe.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Black Friday shopping weekend were two of the reasons cited for it being unusually busy last weekend.

BTP holding preventable railway suicide conference

British Transport Police, along with Samaritan volunteers, are holding a conference in Coventry today to talk about what more can be done to reduce the number of preventable suicides on railways.

A stock photo of a train Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Official figures show there have already been 279 suicides or suspected suicides on the rail network this year.

Network Rail is undertaking a series of trials, including installing calming blue lights on platforms. Sensors will also be added near the platform edges which will be triggered when someone gets too close.

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£600m to transform New Street into flagship rail station

Construction has begun on Birmingham New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

The Midlands will benefit from a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street as part of plans by Network Rail which begin today to improve rail services across the country.

The redevelopment aims to transform New Street in to one of Britain's flagship stations.

New station will be anchored by a John Lewis department store Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham New Street will see a new concourse which will be three and a half times bigger than at present and a large atrium will filter natural light throughout the station.

The station will also have links to the new Grand Central shopping centre which will provide over 40 new shops, including John Lewis, and 20 restaurants and cafes.

The approach to and from New Street will also be resignalled to provide a more reliable and efficient railway meaning fewer delays.

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Have a nice trip: CCTV catches escalator slips and falls

People with heavy luggage and wearing high heels are among those to topple over while travelling on Birmingham New Street's escalators.

CCTV footage released by Network Rail as part of a new safety campaign shows people at the busy station taking a tumble.

The first clip shows a man struggling with his luggage fall backwards, and - apparently giving up on the situation - continues to travel upwards with his legs in the air.

A second clip shows another person trip up twice as they struggle to keep their footing.

Network Rail has stressed that neither of the people shown were injured.

Birmingham New Street among top for escalator falls

A campaign to cut the number of slips and falls on railway station escalators has been launched by Network Rail.

More than 400 people took a tumble on the 17 biggest stations in the country in the last year - and 32 of those were at Birmingham New Street, placing it sixth in the chart for the number of accidents.

Trying to carry heavy luggage, rushing, high heels and alcohol have all contributed to falls.

The full list of falls is as follows:

  • London Paddington: 54
  • London Liverpool Street: 44
  • London Waterloo: 41
  • Leeds: 41
  • Manchester Piccadilly: 39
  • Birmingham New Street: 32
  • St Pancras International Station: 30
  • Edinburgh Waverley: 25
  • St Pancras (Lower Level): 25
  • King's Cross: 22
  • London Bridge: 16
  • Liverpool Lime Street: 12
  • London Victoria: 11
  • Euston: 10
  • Fenchurch Street: 10
  • Glasgow Central: 5
  • Charing Cross (London): 1
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