Video of drunk falling onto train track released as warning to festive revellers

Scary footage has been released as a warning to festive revellers, showing an intoxicated passenger risking his life after plunging onto a train track.

In the shocking video a man is seen swaying dangerously close to the edge of the platform seemingly checking to see if a train is approaching.

He starts to lose his balance as he leans further over the side before he falls head first into the tracks.

A commuter rushes to get the attention of station staff who rush to help him as other passengers look on terrified.

He eventually manages to pull himself back onto the platform unaided – moments before an oncoming train rushes past where he was lying on the track only seconds earlier.

Network Rail released the CCTV footage in partnership with British Transport Police so that party-goers are more vigilant during the Christmas season.

New figures reveal that between Christmas and New Year the number of alcohol-fuelled violent offences at railway stations have more than double in the past two years.

In the last 10 years, 21 people have died in alcohol related incidents on station platforms, or between platforms and trains, with many more being severely injured by slips, trips or falls in train stations.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail, is encouraging people to look after themselves and their friends on their way home from festive nights out.

He said: “After a few drinks people often take greater risks, which can frequently, lead to people getting hurt or even killed.

“Travelling home by train is absolutely the safest way. But we have seen drunk people taking a short cut across the tracks, chancing it at level crossings or falling between a train and the platforms.

"Even escalators see more drink-fuelled accidents.

"Please take care of yourself and your friends – don’t let that last drink cause bad decisions.

"Be a ‘First Class Mate’ and look out for those making their way home by train that may have had one too many.”

Drinkaware will also be training Network Rail staff at some of the UK’s busiest stations to provide extra skills to recognise and support people who may be intoxicated.

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