Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Campaign to cut drink-related falls

Many falling incidents have occurred at rail stations after bouts of evening drinking

Train travellers on the tipple have been toppling over in large numbers at major rail stations.

More than 1,600 people have been hurt in slips, trips and falls at the 17 stations run by Network Rail (NR) in the last year.

Many incidents have occurred after bouts of evening drinking, with NR launching a new campaign urging travellers to take extra care.

Falls by passengers have been most prevalent at Leeds station and at the London stations of Paddington and Liverpool Street.

Incidents in the last year have included one death, 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.

NR's network operations managing director Robin Gisby said: "We do everything we can to make moving around our stations as easy and safe as possible but our teams deal with far too many people who have injured themselves where it appears alcohol has been a factor."

British Transport Police Deputy Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: "Somewhat inevitably, drinking alcohol can impair people's judgment and co-ordination.

"Encouraging passengers to be more aware of their surroundings, particularly when they have had a drink, and to be alert to the inherent dangers that exist in stations will, we hope, reduce avoidable slips and falls across the network."

The safety campaign includes posters at the 17 stations and a video placed on YouTube and on screen in stations.

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