Monday 31 Jul 2017
Safety warning issued as frightening CCTV shows holidaymakers taking a tumble at Leeds station
Holidaymakers are being urged not to struggle with heavy luggage ahead of the great British getaway after CCTV shows passengers falling down escalators and injuring themselves.
The shocking footage was captured at Leeds station and has been released to warn travellers of the dangers of taking luggage on escalators and to encourage them to use the lifts provided.
Last year at Leeds station, there were 28 accidents where members of the public were injured due to struggling with luggage; an increase of over 25% on the previous year. In addition, 12 of these incidents required first aid.
To help tackle the problem, on Monday, 31 July Network Rail will launch a temporary photo booth in the lift on platform 6/8 to encourage passengers to use the lift and raise awareness of the dangers of not doing so. Travellers will be able to start their journey in style by snapping their first holiday selfie in the lift.
Vinny Burke, Leeds station manager for Network Rail, said: “We know that lots of people will be using Leeds station to start their holiday and we want everyone who passes through our station to get off to a good start.
“Time and time again, we see passengers taking multiple items of luggage on the escalators rather than using the lifts which are provided. The lifts are there to keep you safe and stop you having an accident, as seen in the CCTV.
“Some of the falls are incredibly nasty and all of them are completely preventable. We hate to see members of the public injured and we have had cases where people have had to cancel their journeys due to the injuries they have received. We are urging passengers to allow extra time for their journey and to use the lifts provided.”
The campaign is also being supported by TransPennine Express, who run services between Leeds station and Manchester Airport which lots of people will be using for their summer getaway.
Alison Murray, Head of On Board Services, East, for TransPennine Express said: “This is an exciting time of year for lots of people as they head off on their summer holidays, with many using our train services to travel between Leeds and Manchester Airport.
“I would urge customers with luggage to use the lifts provided and not to struggle with heavy items on the escalators or stairs.”
Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41
Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries
Network Rail press office - Toby Higgins
Senior Communications Manager (Transpennine Upgrade)
01904 383180 / 07850 406724
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.