UK’s Network Rail releases CCTV accidents footage as holiday warning

11 Dec 2012

British rail authority Network Rail has released CCTV footage of accidents as a warning to travellers this holiday season to take care while they’re rushing to work, parties and shopping centres.

Three clips make up the video that depict accidents at stations. The first clip, dubbed ‘The Reverse Plank’, features a woman being pulled up an escalator after her heel becomes stuck in the escalator at Euston station in London.

‘The Mad Dash and Crash’ is the second clip, showing a commuter laden with bags running for a train on a platform and then falling to the ground. At least people rushed over to help!

The third clip, titled ‘The Pole Dance Crunch’, reveals two women twirling themselves around a pole before they spin onto the ground.

“A combination of more people carrying Christmas shopping, trailing wheelie suitcases, wet and windy weather and people travelling late after festive parties, make December a time where we see more people take a tumble,” The London Evening Standard quoted Robin Gisby, managing director for network operations for Network Rail, as having said.

“We don’t want to see anyone hurt at our stations so we’ll be doing what we can to keep concourses dry and clean and signposting lifts clearly for those with heavy luggage.

“Please plan ahead so you don’t end up rushing to catch your train – falling over could be a miserable end to an enjoyable evening.”

According to Network Rail figures released for April 2011 to March 2012, 1,120 people fell down stairs, 900 travellers slipped on platforms and 512 others tumbled down escalators.

More than 400 of reported accidents involved travellers who were drunk.

Watch CCTV of some embarrassing accidents in railway stations here:


Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic