Parents and others looking after children have been warned to take extra care when using pushchairs on station platforms, by rail safety body RSSB.
CCTV footage from Nuneaton station shows the alarming consequences when a pushchair was briefly left unattended and without its brakes on.
In the clip, the slipstream caused by a freight train passing through the station causes the pushchair to be drawn to the platform edge. Both the pushchair and shopping bags become mangled and dispersed by the passing train.
Mercifully, a child is not in the pushchair at the time.
Train travel is significantly safer than the car and the risks to passengers are low, but the incident at Nuneaton has served a reminder that care needs to be taken near the platform edge. RSSB are reminding passengers to keep firm hold of their luggage, and particularly buggies, applying the brakes fully where possible, while on station platforms.
RSSB’s Lead Human Factors Specialist Paul Leach said:
The best way of keeping you, your children and your belongings safe is to keep hold of your pram, fully applying the brake where possible.
We know that anyone looking after children will have their hands full and may feel they can’t keep an eye on everything and everyone at once. But the CCTV at Nuneaton shows just how important it is to keep control of a pushchair.
For its part, the rail industry will always want to work to make things safer for passengers. We are working closely with Network Rail, passenger and freight train operators and other rail bodies on the issues. Our research on aerodynamic risks have informed better standards for companies to follow, to help reduce risk to passengers on trains and on stations.
RSSB is working with the rail industry to refresh its passenger awareness campaigns on station safety, including with the Rail Delivery Group who are specifically looking at the issue of trains passing through platforms.