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With Christmas party season in full swing, we’re reminding train passengers to look after each other on the way home. That's being a First Class Mate.
Shocking statistics highlight the risks associated with alcohol and the railway. In response, we have partnered with British Transport Police, with the support of alcohol education charity Drinkaware, to raise awareness of the dangers and encourage party goers to look out for each other.
Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail, said: “Travelling home by train is absolutely the safest way. But we have seen drunk people taking a short cut across the tracks, chancing it at level crossings or falling between a train and the platforms. Even escalators see more drink-fuelled accidents."
These incidents - on station platforms, or between platforms and trains - don't include the many more in which people have been severely injured by slips, trips or falls at railway stations.
Incidents related to alcohol are significant factors in disruption on the network during the Christmas party season.
We advise passengers to look out for their mates when intoxicated and stay safe by:
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