The recent announcement of a multi-million pound scheme to improve safety at Salford Crescent station serves as a strong reminder of the importance of the safety of passengers when using public transport. Network Rail is spending £12 million on the station because the platforms are deemed too narrow.
Salford Crescent is close to the local university and because of this there are times when the platforms are extremely congested. Network Rail has come to realise that this work is required before a tragedy occurs. Students and other commuters need to be safe and secure when waiting for trains.
Public transport providers have a duty of care to their passengers and are obliged to ensure that transport users can be sure of a safe environment at stations and bus stops, and of course during the journey they are also legally responsible for the safe transportation of passengers.
Public transport accident hazards
There are many potential hazards when using public transport, including slips on icy platform floors or in slippery ticket offices. Passengers are sometimes injured when train and bus doors are closed, and there are occasionally instances of serious injuries when passengers fall from train station platforms.
At Stephensons, we offer quality advice to clients who have been injured when using public transport. We have specialist personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to seeking the maximum possible compensation award and have experience in bringing cases against large transport organisations, so if you feel you have a case, give us a call on 01616 966 229.