South West Trains boss apologises for delays after man killed at Wimbledon station

Wimbledon Guardian: Train boss apologises for delays after man killed at Wimbledon Train boss apologises for delays after man killed at Wimbledon

South West Trains has apologised after a man was killed by a train at Wimbledon, causing the network to grind to a halt.

The 45-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was killed at about 5.20pm yesterday after being struck by a train travelling to Waterloo from Poole via Wimbledon.

Jake Kelly, SWT's Customer Service Director, said: "We worked to resolve the problem as quickly as possible but it inevitably caused us delays, diversions and cancellations throughout the evening.

"I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said the man was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics rushed to the platform.

This morning she said: "The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

The line was handed back to Network Rail at 6.35pm, at which time several passengers reported distress after seeing the remains of the body on the train line.

It is the third death on the line at Wimbledon in the last four months, following the suicide of Major John Moir from Morden on March 31 and the unexplained death (pending an inquest) of Wimbledon businesswoman Jean Gaunt on July 6.

Commenting on our website, Luisa from Mitcham said: "I think something needs to be done to prevent this happening.

"Some trains speed through the stations if they don't need to stop there... maybe they need to get speed restriction limits when a non-stopping train is passing through stations."

Were you affected by last night's incident? Leave a comment below, call 020 8722 6335 or email: ooakes@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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1:18pm Tue 19 Jul 11

SWT Train Driver says...

re; Luisa from Mitcham's comment.

As a SWT train driver, I understand her comments. However I must disagree. The speed limit through Wimbledon Station is 75mph (assuming there are no emergency engineering/speed restrictions). It doesn't seem to matter what speed the train is travelling, or the maximum line speed, as people just jump or fall anyway. A few years ago, a man was killed at Kingston Station where the train was travelling at approx. 20mph & the fatality at Clapham last week, the train was already braking to stop so can't be going much faster either.

If you slow the trains down you must apply the same rule to all fast services that miss stations. That will mean travelling time would be longer and fewer trains would run due to the extra congestion it would cause to an already bursting service (London to Weymouth service time would at least double). The only way to stop "Accidents" would be to make it an criminal offence to stand on or beyond the yellow "safety" lines that are painted on the platforms. For the sake of the drivers, platform staff and emergency services, PLEASE PLEASE stand well back before the train enters the platform and until it has stopped. Unfortunately, suicides will continue at any station and at any speed as they are not preventable. I hope the driver is able to recover from this terrible situation and work again. I also send my condolences to the mans family.
re; Luisa from Mitcham's comment. As a SWT train driver, I understand her comments. However I must disagree. The speed limit through Wimbledon Station is 75mph (assuming there are no emergency engineering/speed restrictions). It doesn't seem to matter what speed the train is travelling, or the maximum line speed, as people just jump or fall anyway. A few years ago, a man was killed at Kingston Station where the train was travelling at approx. 20mph & the fatality at Clapham last week, the train was already braking to stop so can't be going much faster either. If you slow the trains down you must apply the same rule to all fast services that miss stations. That will mean travelling time would be longer and fewer trains would run due to the extra congestion it would cause to an already bursting service (London to Weymouth service time would at least double). The only way to stop "Accidents" would be to make it an criminal offence to stand on or beyond the yellow "safety" lines that are painted on the platforms. For the sake of the drivers, platform staff and emergency services, PLEASE PLEASE stand well back before the train enters the platform and until it has stopped. Unfortunately, suicides will continue at any station and at any speed as they are not preventable. I hope the driver is able to recover from this terrible situation and work again. I also send my condolences to the mans family. SWT Train Driver

1:59pm Tue 19 Jul 11

LuisaE says...

SWT Driver - I completely understand what you are saying. It's sad to keep reading about so many suicides, I understand they will happen regardless. I obviously am not a Train driver and don't know the speed restrictions and limits in stations, it was merely a observation and suggestion on my part.

As for the Yellow line, it is amazing how many people stand beyond it when a train is pulling in, though I am not sure if there are enough staff to observe all platforms and fine/prosecute whoever stands beyond the yellow line.

I do also wonder if there are enough services out there to help people who are suffering to the point they see no other way out but to take their own lives. It is all very sad.
SWT Driver - I completely understand what you are saying. It's sad to keep reading about so many suicides, I understand they will happen regardless. I obviously am not a Train driver and don't know the speed restrictions and limits in stations, it was merely a observation and suggestion on my part. As for the Yellow line, it is amazing how many people stand beyond it when a train is pulling in, though I am not sure if there are enough staff to observe all platforms and fine/prosecute whoever stands beyond the yellow line. I do also wonder if there are enough services out there to help people who are suffering to the point they see no other way out but to take their own lives. It is all very sad. LuisaE

2:21pm Tue 19 Jul 11

321200 says...

It would not be realistic to force non-stop trains to slow down through stations they are not booked to stop at! Imagine what the journey time of a Weymouth to Waterloo fast service would be increased to. Not only that, but, as SWT Train Driver points out, some cases of suicide 'one unders' involve people jumping in front of slow, stopping trains, which will still kill you even if they are travelling at 20-30mph as they come to stop in the station.

People will say 'take a look at London Underground, installing barrier doors on the platform edges at their stations'.. but to do that on National Rail I just don't think is feasible.

I do not think we can ever make the railway 100% secure from suicides.
I reckon that the way media is evolving (facebook, twitter, newspapers online).. the whole suicide by train is being promoted more than ever before, and gives people in desperate need an easy way out.

What annoys me though, is the way passengers on the railway still seem to moan that train companies cannot get it right during fatalities- they abuse staff, become aggressive and seem to forget the fact someone has just died down the line... their body usually scattered some distance apart.
It would not be realistic to force non-stop trains to slow down through stations they are not booked to stop at! Imagine what the journey time of a Weymouth to Waterloo fast service would be increased to. Not only that, but, as SWT Train Driver points out, some cases of suicide 'one unders' involve people jumping in front of slow, stopping trains, which will still kill you even if they are travelling at 20-30mph as they come to stop in the station. People will say 'take a look at London Underground, installing barrier doors on the platform edges at their stations'.. but to do that on National Rail I just don't think is feasible. I do not think we can ever make the railway 100% secure from suicides. I reckon that the way media is evolving (facebook, twitter, newspapers online).. the whole suicide by train is being promoted more than ever before, and gives people in desperate need an easy way out. What annoys me though, is the way passengers on the railway still seem to moan that train companies cannot get it right during fatalities- they abuse staff, become aggressive and seem to forget the fact someone has just died down the line... their body usually scattered some distance apart. 321200

2:46pm Tue 19 Jul 11

321200 says...

Also... songs like 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars in which the lyric 'I'd jump in front of a train for you' doesnt help matters either
Also... songs like 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars in which the lyric 'I'd jump in front of a train for you' doesnt help matters either 321200

3:17pm Tue 19 Jul 11

SWT Train Driver says...

LuisaE,

Yes I do understand your comment, inaccurate as it was!.

If the "stand behind the yellow line" was part of the terms and conditions of the ticket, then once a few people have had their season tickets cancelled and been banned from further use of the railway. A regular blitz by BTP may perhaps get people to change their platform habits!!!!.
A bit strong maybe, but sometimes a heavy hand is needed to enforce common sence.

They could also start on station smokers as well, but that's another un-enforced law (oooooo makes me mad).

One more thing if I may,
Idiots who "pretend" to jump or "pretend" to push their friends in front of trains - STOP IT NOW. It's not funny, sometimes it's the Drivers 1st day back from a suicide!!.

321200.
Istall barriers at all stations would be great!! Lets start the increase in travel costs straight away. LOL. £££££'s more for Stagecoach Shareholders & Sir Brian Souter.
LuisaE, Yes I do understand your comment, inaccurate as it was!. If the "stand behind the yellow line" was part of the terms and conditions of the ticket, then once a few people have had their season tickets cancelled and been banned from further use of the railway. A regular blitz by BTP may perhaps get people to change their platform habits!!!!. A bit strong maybe, but sometimes a heavy hand is needed to enforce common sence. They could also start on station smokers as well, but that's another un-enforced law (oooooo makes me mad). One more thing if I may, Idiots who "pretend" to jump or "pretend" to push their friends in front of trains - STOP IT NOW. It's not funny, sometimes it's the Drivers 1st day back from a suicide!!. 321200. Istall barriers at all stations would be great!! Lets start the increase in travel costs straight away. LOL. £££££'s more for Stagecoach Shareholders & Sir Brian Souter. SWT Train Driver

6:43pm Sat 23 Jul 11

CJ, Southfields says...

Just a few comments from me.

(1) I agree strict enforcement of crossing the yellow line and pretending to jump or push people (!) needs to be done, immediately.

(2) Its sickening that rail companies apologise for the inconvenience. They should apologise for poor safety management.

(3) The opinion that increased safety controls (ie. barriers) is impossible or requires increased fees is nonsense. Ask yourself-: why do we have amongst the most expensive rates of rail travel in the world and at the same time the least efficient and technologically advanced? Answer-: our rail is run the same way as our banks (often by the same people...).
Just a few comments from me. (1) I agree strict enforcement of crossing the yellow line and pretending to jump or push people (!) needs to be done, immediately. (2) Its sickening that rail companies apologise for the inconvenience. They should apologise for poor safety management. (3) The opinion that increased safety controls (ie. barriers) is impossible or requires increased fees is nonsense. Ask yourself-: why do we have amongst the most expensive rates of rail travel in the world and at the same time the least efficient and technologically advanced? Answer-: our rail is run the same way as our banks (often by the same people...). CJ, Southfields

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