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Melbourne rail operator Connex says there has been a surge in potentially serious incidents involving children and babies in prams travelling on trains.
Connex head of customer services Geoff Young says there have been incidents in recent weeks where infants have narrowly avoided accidents.
"There is no clear reason as to why we have this sudden surge in incidents but it is certainly of concern," Mr Young said.
Kidsafe Victoria president Dr Mark Stokes said the recent incidents included unrestrained babies spilling from prams falling between the train and platform, runaway prams that were left with their brakes off in high winds, and pram front wheels getting caught in the gap between the train and platform.
"We are concerned about parents who leave their babies and toddlers unrestrained in prams whilst travelling on trains and getting on and off the train," Dr Stokes said.
"This leaves the child vulnerable to serious injuries if they fall from the pram."
He said rail safety will become a part of the safety talks Kidsafe staff provide at maternal and child health centres.
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