Drunk man falls under moving train in Manchester - and survives

Drunk man falls under moving train in Manchester - and survives

The moment a man fell headfirst under a train in Manchester was caught on camera - and has now been released by Network Rail to spearhead its new safety campaign.

The inebriated man can be seen stumbling along the platform before he loses his balance and tumbles under a train as it starts to move at Manchester's Piccadilly Station.

A fellow passenger walking in front of him appears to have no idea about the terrifying events just behind him.

The man miraculously escaped any serious injury.

Man Falls Between Platform and Train at Manchester Piccadilly Station

Network Rail has released the footage to highlight the importance of safety while getting on and off trains as part of their new campaign, Minding the Gap.

It says that over the past five years rail passengers have stepped on and off trains more than 15 billion times. While Britain has the safest railway in Europe, during this time 18 people have lost their lives and almost 7,000 injuries have occurred following falls from the platform, or while boarding and alighting trains.

With passenger numbers increasing year on year, companies across the rail industry have worked to look up to 30 years ahead to identify and reduce any further risks to safety and published a joint long-term strategy.

It aims to make the transition between the train and the platform safer.

The gap between the train and the platform is designed to be practical. It must both be large enough to provide sufficient space for a variety of different train types to run safely and practicably without creating a physical obstruction but also be small enough to allow people to get on and off quickly and safely.

The gap cannot be closed nor can it ever be exactly the same at all Britain's 2,500 stations, as they were built at different times by different historic railway companies.

There are a number of factors which contribute to accidents between the platform and trains and analysis shows:

Intoxication: More men are involved in alcohol-related incidents than women, with nine per cent of all incidents involving intoxication.

Baggage: 15 per cent involved passengers carrying suitcases, pushchairs, bikes or other baggage.

Gender: More females than males (around 65 per cent) are involved in accidents alighting or boarding trains. Footwear could be one reason for this difference. It is also possible that females are more likely to report this type of incident.

Age: Women aged 50-71 experience the highest number of incidents while boarding and alighting trains (more than 200 p/a).

Location: Getting off a the train is more hazardous than boarding.

Seasonality: Whilst wet weather increases the number of incidents, there is a higher accident rate in summer than any other time of year (possibly owing to increased proportion of leisure travellers who are not frequent rail users and are therefore less familiar with the risks).

Neal Lawson, director of operations and maintenance services at Network Rail, said: "Everybody has heard the phrase 'Mind the Gap'. We're minding that gap every day, looking at how we can make that gap as safe as possible for the millions that rely on a safe and punctual train service."

As part of the strategy, a public awareness campaign, backed by the rail industry including Network Rail and train operators, has been launched in stations across Britain. Called Lend a Helping Hand, it uses quirky verse to encourage people to be more considerate of their fellow passengers.

An internal industry campaign also aims to help railway staff better identify those passengers in need.

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This Edwardian station was built in the early 1900s and is operated by East Midlands Trains. 59 per cent of people surveyed said they were satisfied with the station - a low score which ranked it bottom for both cleanliness and facilities in the Passenger Focus National Passenger survey.

Birmingham New Street railway station is the largest and busiest serving Birmingham. Despite the regular flow of people, only 64% of passengers surveyed in the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) are satisfied with the sation. 

London Bridge railway station is a central London railway station and a London Underground complex in the London Borough of Southwark. The station is the oldest railway station in central London and one of the oldest in the world. 67% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station, the fourth busiest station in London. 

Peterborough railway station is a major interchange serving both the north-south ECML, as well as East-West long-distance and local services. The station is managed by East Coast. Just 67% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station.

Crewe station was completed in 1837 and is one of the most historic railway stations in the world. Like London Bridge and Peterborough, only 67% of passengeres surveyed were happy with this station.

Gatwick Airport station provides a direct rail connection to London. The station platforms are located about 70 metres away from the airport's South Terminal. 69% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station.

Stockport railway station was identified as one of the ten worst category B interchange stations by a mystery shopper assessment in 2009. Despite improvements being made to the station since, it is still one of the ten worst stations with only 70% of passengers satisfied with the station.

Clapham Junction station is one of the busiest in Europe by number of trains using it with many routes from London's two busiest termini, London Waterloo and London Victoria. Only 71% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this busy station.

Maidenhead railway station serves the town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. It is served by local services operated by First Great Western from London Paddington to Reading, and is also the junction for the Marlow Branch Line. The survey showed 71 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the overall quality of the station, giving it the ninth lowest satisfaction rating. 

Coventry station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. Despite this convenient feature, only 72% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with the station. 


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