Fears that Keighley station train gap is ‘dangerous’

Keighley News: Brian Nutt with Christopher Hambleton-Nutt at Keighley Railway Station Brian Nutt with Christopher Hambleton-Nutt at Keighley Railway Station

Action is being demanded to reduce the gap between trains and the platform at Keighley Railway Station.

Keighley resident Brian Nutt claims the gap is too wide and causes unnecessary danger for passengers of all ages.

He says his wife Mary, who uses crutches due to a long-standing foot condition, faces problems getting off trains when returning from hospital appointments in Leeds and Bradford.

And he says that on one occasion, his three-year-old son, Christopher, would have fallen between the gap if his stepsister had not been holding him.

Rail bosses have responded that the gap on Keighley mainline platforms are within a safe width.

But Mr Nutt said on several occasions, he has contacted Network Rail, which owns the station, and Northern Rail, which manages it, to express concern about the platform serving Leeds and Brad- ford.

He added: “It’s wider than other stations – the trains tip towards the other platform, which makes the gap wider.

“They don’t have any staff down on the platform to help people off the train. Old-age pensioners struggle to get off, and people who are disabled.

“My wife always has to be helped by someone. My son fell – if we hadn’t held his hand, he would have gone down onto the track.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said she was sorry to hear Mr Nutt’s wife had been having problems.

But she added: “The stepping distance between the train and the platform is within standard Network Rail regulations.

“As the customer does have mobility issues and uses crutches, we would advise they use the widely advertised Passenger Assist telephone number.

“This can be called in advance to arrange assistance when departing or arriving at a station, which would ensure staff are on hand to help. All our trains carry ramps, and our staff are trained to use them.”

Passenger Assist can be contacted by e-mailing assistance@ northernrail.org.uk or calling 08081 561606.

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11:00am Thu 26 Dec 13

Little Green Man says...

Nutt by name...

Really that platform has been there well over 100 years and you think that the station should be rebuilt just because you can control your kids?
Nutt by name... Really that platform has been there well over 100 years and you think that the station should be rebuilt just because you can control your kids? Little Green Man

12:10pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Mixter says...

How about widening all the carriages? Or better still - watch what you are doing when you alight the train. Another example of 'cotton-wool' Britain.
How about widening all the carriages? Or better still - watch what you are doing when you alight the train. Another example of 'cotton-wool' Britain. Mixter

2:51pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Stevo54 says...

I've read some barmy and whiney stuff on here over the years but this one is up there with the most non news worthy efforts. Millions of passengers use trains everyday both above and below ground to get around the country and this bloke can't figure out how to get on and off.
I've read some barmy and whiney stuff on here over the years but this one is up there with the most non news worthy efforts. Millions of passengers use trains everyday both above and below ground to get around the country and this bloke can't figure out how to get on and off. Stevo54

10:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Stand up to bullies says...

The gap at kly train station is unusually large. I worry when getting on and off . He is completely within his rights to ask for an inquiry.
The gap at kly train station is unusually large. I worry when getting on and off . He is completely within his rights to ask for an inquiry. Stand up to bullies

1:58pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Mixter says...

If there was a maximum legal gap width and this didnt fit in, im sure it would have been addressed years ago. As we dont have real stories of folk ending up under the wheels on a daily basis, Id assume it was generally safe for all to use.
If there was a maximum legal gap width and this didnt fit in, im sure it would have been addressed years ago. As we dont have real stories of folk ending up under the wheels on a daily basis, Id assume it was generally safe for all to use. Mixter

11:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Shauny-Boy says...

I have a nearly three year old son, and I've also been on the train with him!
Guess what I did when we were about to board the train?
That's right, I picked my son up and carried him on.
No problems, it didn't hurt and it didn't cost anything!!!!!
I have a nearly three year old son, and I've also been on the train with him! Guess what I did when we were about to board the train? That's right, I picked my son up and carried him on. No problems, it didn't hurt and it didn't cost anything!!!!! Shauny-Boy

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