Mum of tragic teen wel­comes new sta­tion plat­form bar­ri­ers

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Save Her Daughter -

A griev­ing mum has wel­comed the in­stal­la­tion of plat­form bar­ri­ers at a rail­way sta­tion where her teenage daugh­ter trag­i­cally died.

Spires Academy pupil Taiyah Pee­bles, 16, is thought to have been elec­tro­cuted af­ter wan­der­ing off the end of the plat­form at Herne Bay late at night in July.

She had been re­turn­ing home on the train with friends af­ter a night out in Whit­stable.

Taiyah’s death will be in­ves­ti­gated at a forth­com­ing in­quest, but Net­work Rail has now acted to pre­vent a sim­i­lar tragedy.

Taiyah’s mother, Hay­ley Pee­bles, had been back­ing a cam­paign started by friends on for ex­tra safety mea­sures at sta­tions.

This week she said: “We have been press­ing for the bar­ri­ers and I’m ob­vi­ously pleased Net­work Rail has in­stalled them.

“I would hate to think of an­other fam­ily go­ing through what we have.

“Hope­fully this will pre­vent it hap­pen­ing again – al­though, of course, there are many more sta­tions that don’t have them where the risk re­mains.”

A Net­work Rail spokesman said: “While Herne Bay is not one of our higher risk lo­ca­tions, we have in­stalled plat­form-end fenc­ing at the sta­tion.

“Our thoughts re­main with Taiyah’s fam­ily and friends fol­low­ing this tragic in­ci­dent.

“Safety is, and al­ways will be, our top pri­or­ity, and we con­tinue to work with Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and the Sa­mar­i­tans, go­ing out to schools and youth groups to talk about the risks as­so­ci­ated with the rail­ways.”

Pic­tures: Paul Amos/hay­ley Pee­bles

Bar­ri­ers have been in­stalled at the end of the plat­forms at Herne Bay Sta­tion fol­low­ing the death of Taiyah Pee­bles

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