44 rail passengers take tumble on escalators at Liverpool Street

Oops! Taking a tumble

Oops! Taking a tumble - Credit: Network Rail

Rail passengers are being warned about risking a tumble on escalators at main line stations while being tipsy or being loaded up with Christmas parcels.

A seasonal safety campaign to reduce accidents has been started by Network Rail after 44 passengers were injured tripping down moving stairs at Liverpool Street in just 12 months.

Latest annual figures show more than 400 people were hurt at the 17 biggest and busiest stations run by Network Rail, including 264 at London’s main line terminals.

Liverpool Street had the second highest number of tumbles caught on CCTV, after Paddington, although numbers are down by a fifth on the previous year.

Alcohol contributed to accidents, according to rail officials, as well as trying to carry heavy luggage and wearing high heels.

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Posters are going up in all 17 stations managed by Network Rail featuring a ‘balloon’ man about to step onto an escalator filled with drawing pins, to draw attention to potential dangers of moving staircases.

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