Network Rail safety campaign sees drunken accidents caught on CCTV revealed
A compilation of drunken accidents at railway stations, including an inebriated man in a kilt trying to kick a pigeon and falling on the tracks, has been released by Network Rail as part of a safety campaign warning against heavy drinking before heading to a station.
As well as the tipsy Scot, the video shows one person falling down an escalator with their friend attempting to come to their aid and another man dropping beneath a moving train after trying to board before it had stopped.
“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,” explained network operations managing director at Network Rail, Robin Gisby.
In the 17 stations run by Network Rail more than 1,600 people have been injured over the last year, with the majority of accidents occurring in Leeds and at the London stations of Paddington and Liverpool Street.
British Transport Police deputy chief constable, Paul Crowther, added: “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.”