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Network Rail urges tipsy passengers not to take a tumble at Liverpool Street

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 July 2013

Rail passengers feeling tipsy are being urged to be careful going through Liverpool Street station on their way home if they’ve been out on the tiles.

Latest figures show 135 people have been hurt in the last 12 months slipping over when they’ve lost their balance running for a train—and it usually happens after a night out drinking, say rail bosses.

So Network Rail is using a new digital and poster campaign to urge passengers to take it easy.

“We’re dealing with far too many passengers injuring themselves where it appears alcohol has been a factor,” said Network Rail’s Richard Schofield. “The only thing we want to see fall is the number of incidents, so hopefully the campaign will be a gentle reminder to take care getting home.”

Around 59 million passengers pass through Liverpool Street every year, making it the fourth busiest railway station in the country and a likely place for accidents waiting to happen.

But Even Fenchurch Street which handles far fewer passengers doesn’t escape, with 27 accidents to tipsy passengers tipping over while running for the Southend train.

The toll for the 17 stations run by Network Rail included 51 bone fractures, 19 dislocations, five concussions and dozens of bruises, cuts and abrasions to travellers taking a tumble on steps and escalators, over luggage and even off platforms between trains. It also included one fatality.

The posters have an optical illusion with wine and beer glasses giving the impression the page is moving, while a video shows three incidents caught on CCTV showing the often painful consequences of a tumble.

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