Alcohol and the railway can be a dangerous cocktail, with some people taking unnecessary risks at stations, on platforms and at level crossings after having a few drinks.
The festive season should be a time of year when everyone can enjoy themselves and have fun. But partygoers are being advised to take extra care as newly-released data from Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and RSSB reveals a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents across the rail network during the festive period.
Of the 7,419 recorded alcohol-related incidents on or around the railway in 2016/17, 16 per cent of those took place over the festive period – between 24 November and 2 January 2017. There are 21 people who have been killed due to alcohol-related incidents at the platform edge and a further 91 people seriously injured over the last 10 years. Passengers boarding and alighting trains were involved in 469 alcohol-related accidents in the last five years.
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