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FOWS escalate safety concerns over platform height

December 5, 2007

Users of Walkden station will undoubtedly have noticed the unusually high step from the platform into the train doorway. Previously FOWS have written to GMPTE, Northern Rail and Network Rail themselves to ask Network Rail (the owners of the station) to fix the problem. Since Network Rail have refused to take remedial action, FOWS have escalated the issue to the Office of Rail Regulation, the government-appointed body with overall responsibility for rail safety.

FOWS believe the situation is not only highly inconvenient but also presents a serious danger to passengers. In the past few years passengers have fallen into the gap between the train and platform on at least two occasions. We understand that a possible solution would be to take out some the ballast (the stones) from beneath the track, but Network Rail declined to do this when the line was closed for engineering works earlier this summer.

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