Harrowing moment small child falls between train and platform edge

Harrowing CCTV footage shows three terrifying nearmisses involving children falling onto railway tracks.

The footage shows an incident at Darlington Station where a young child falls in between the train and platform edge, a baby falling backwards out of a buggy when boarding a train at Newcastle Central Station and the moment a young child climbs on to the tracks at Newark Northgate Station with a train whizzing into the station just seconds later.

Already this year, eight safety concerns involving children have been recorded at LNER stations. They have all resulted in only minor physical injuries. But as the footage showed, some could have had a much more serious outcome.

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As part of its Rail Safety Week activity, LNER has said it wants to prevent any similar incidents. Speaking about the time she witnessed a child falling from the platform edge onto tracks, station customer services assistant Olivia Timms, said: “It was a really upsetting incident for the child and family and for customers and colleagues to witness.

CCTV footage of child falling through gap in platform
CCTV footage of child falling through gap in platform -Credit:LNER

"I think the fact a train came through the station at speed just seconds after emphasised just how awful the outcome could have been."

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LNER station has added a waiting area at all of its stations so those travelling with youngsters can wait safely and minimise time at platforms. A spokesperson said tactile surfaces and clear yellow markings provide a visual and physical alert to safe areas for customers to stand.

They added how LNER staff are also visible as every train arrives and departs and will provide guidance for customers about platform safety.