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THE number of commuters slipping, tripping and falling at and on train platforms and concourses has almost doubled in two years, figures show.
Transport Safety Victoria said there were 550 incidents in 2012-13, compared with 285 in 2010-11.
One woman broke her leg after tripping on her husband's luggage at Southern Cross Station, while another broke her ankle running to catch the train at Narre Warren station.
Of the 1284 slips, trips and falls on Metro and V/Line platforms in the past three years, Flinders St (132), Parliament (84) and Southern Cross (53) were the worst locations.
The figures, released today to mark the start of Rail Safety Week, come amid booming train patronage on Melbourne's stretched network.
Commuters made almost 227 million train trips between January 1 and December 31 last year, Public Transport Victoria figures show.
TSV director of rail safety Andrew Doery said slips, trips and falls were avoidable and it was up to commuters to make safe decisions.
"Plan your journey ahead and make arriving safely at your destination your top priority," Mr Doery said.
"If you intend catching a particular train, allow yourself enough time so you don't have to make a last-minute dash for it and risk injuring yourself."
He also urged passengers to avoid using mobile phones around train stations.
Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare said it thought safety messages were getting through. "We've had a comparable number of these types of incidents this year as we did in the previous year," Mr Hoare said.
"We are continually looking for new ways to ensure the safety of our customers and reminding them to be safe on our network," Mr Hoare said.
"But we also need people to take responsibility for their own safety and to be ever-vigilant around trains and station areas."
V/Line declined to comment.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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