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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
  1. Chris Halpin

Network Rail opens at former Peugeot site - full report

Seven years ago when french car maker Peugeot closed its factory at Ryton, the employment situation in the area looked pretty bleak.

More than two thousand people were made redundant when production lines stopped at the plant near Coventry in 2006.

The factory is long gone - but now new firms are building big, bringing hundreds of new jobs. Chris Halpin went to see the first company to move in - Network Rail.


Thousands of parts in new rail distribution centre

Network Rail's new road and rail hub near Coventry stores hundreds of thousands of parts, to be distributed nationwide.

Inside the new distribution centre at Network Rail Credit: ITV News Central

The rail company are opening their new distribution centre on the site of the old Peugeot factory, at Ryton. The centre currently houses 150,000 parts, ready to be taken around the country.

Network Rail: Ryton hub means more 'efficient' service

Speaking about the opening of Network Rail's new road/rail hub at Ryton in Warwickshire, the head of the company's National Delivery Service said:

"Network Rail's first preference is to transport goods by rail. This is not always the right solution so we have an extensive road fleet to transport goods and equipment to our work sites and depots.

By bringing the logistics for this together at Ryton we can offer a more effective and efficient service for Network Rail. This will mean reduced costs and faster turnaround times when we do work on the railway."

– Martin Elwood, director of Network Rail National Delivery Service

What will Network Rail's new road / rail hub do?

Network Rail's new road haulage distribution centre is described as a 'significant' base for the firm's rail upgrade work.

The £25 million hub has been built at Ryton near Coventry because of its central location, close to the A45.

Here are some facts and figures about the new building and how it will help Network Rail's National Delivery Service (NDS).

  • New building covers 300,000 sq ft
  • Construction of the new hub took 11 months
  • New site has created 100 jobs
  • Road vehicles based there will supply 150,000 parts nationwide
  • Will make 50,000 deliveries every year
  • Replaces three former sites at Worcester, Lichfield and Ludgershall in Wiltshire
  • Help to maintain 1,250 vehicles in the rail fleet
  • Work in conjunction with the NDS control centre in Milton Keynes managing rail upgrade work
  • NDS team manages 28,000 work sites, 8,000 engineering trains and 17,000 on-track machines annually
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