Drunk rail passengers warned

Network Rail has launched a campaign encouraging people to take extra care after a night out after figures show more than 1,600 people have been injured in the last year at Britain’s biggest railway stations.

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Train station slips, trips and falls in numbers

As Network Rail launched its new safety campaign urging people to take care on their way home after a night out, it revealed the following statistics:

  • 1,601 slips, trips and falls were recorded at 17 of Britain’s biggest stations
  • 1,422 did not involve a train, 179 did
  • The most incidents - 179 - occurred at Leeds train station
  • The least happened at London Fenchurch Street - just 29 slips, trips and falls

One person has died in the past year following a fall - a man fell down the stairs at Leeds station and hit his head.

He later died from his injuries.

Network Rail: 'We do everything we can' to prevent falls

Network Rail said it does "everything we can" to make moving around its train stations as easy and safe as possible, but there are still far too many people injuring themselves where alcohol appears to have been a factor.

CCTV shows a man falling onto the track after trying to kick a pigeon on the platform. Credit: Network Rail

Robin Gisby, Network Rail’s managing director for network operations, said: “We want people to enjoy their evenings and get home safe".

"The only thing I want to see fall is the number of incidents, so hopefully the campaign will be a gentle reminder for people to take extra care as they travel home through our stations.”

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CCTV shows dangerous antics of drunk passengers

A new campaign to highlight the dangers of drunk passengers slipping and falling at rail stations has released CCTV footage of some of their worst antics.

The video, released by Network Rail as part of a safety campaign, includes a drunken reveller who tries to kick a pigeon on the platform but instead ends up on the track.

Other footage shows a man repeatedly falling down an upwardly moving escalator and a man leaning on a moving train before falling from the platform.

'Don't let a tipple turn into a trip' safety campaign warns

Network Rail has launched a campaign encouraging people to take extra care after a night out after figures show more than 1,600 people have been injured in the last year at Britain’s biggest railway stations.

A man is pictured falling down the escalator (on the left) at Leeds train station. Credit: Network Rail

Leeds, London Paddington and London Liverpool Street stations top the table for the highest number of slips, trips and falls, the company said, urging, "Don't let a tipple turn into a trip".

Across the 17 stations Network Rail manages, there has been one fatality, 51 bone fractures, 19 dislocations, five concussions and dozens of bruises, cuts and abrasions as people have fallen on steps and escalators, over luggage and even off platforms between trains.

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