Our night­mare on over­crowded train

Res­cuer tells of woman’s col­lapse

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

A woman who rushed to the aid of a pas­sen­ger who col­lapsed on an over­crowded train to Dum­bar­ton has spo­ken of the night­mar­ish con­di­tions on board.

Jor­dan Frear­son, 20, has backed calls for Scotrail to im­prove lo­cal ser­vices af­ter she helped a woman who passed out twice on a train trav­el­ling from Glas­gow to He­lens­burgh on Fe­bru­ary 1.

The train was so packed that pas­sen­gers were un­able to place the woman in the re­cov­ery po­si­tion and on­board staff could not make it through the crowds to help.

We told you last week how pas­sen­gers were forced to tweet for help for the woman who fell ill on the “jam-packed” peak-time train which was re­duced from six to just three car­riages.

The 17.01 train has been re­duced to three car­riages six times since the re­open­ing of Glas­gow Queen Street last year, forc­ing pas­sen­gers to pack in like “cat­tle” – ac­cord­ing to Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie.

The Len­nox Her­ald has learned that it was re­duced again on the evening peak-time ser­vice on Mon­day (Fe­bru­ary 12) be­fore be­ing can­celled due to a po­lice in­ci­dent.

Jor­dan, from He­lens­burgh, who uses the ser­vice reg­u­larly to travel to col­lege, told the Len­nox Her­ald: “The trains are ei­ther can­celled at the last minute or the car­riages are re­duced. There al­ways seems to be an is­sue.

“They re­ally need to do some­thing about it as some­thing like that can’t hap­pen again.”

Wit­ness Jor­dan said the woman fell ill at Hyn­d­land sta­tion but it was not un­til Dum­bar­ton Cen­tral that she was taken from the train and trans­ferred to a wait­ing am­bu­lance.

Jor­dan added: “The train was ab­so­lutely packed. You could not move at all - it was re­ally scary.

“We couldn’t even get her into the re­cov­ery po­si­tion it was that busy. There was just no room.”

The in­ci­dent has fur­ther prompted Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie to raise the is­sue of fre­quent over­crowd­ing on rush-hour ser­vices.

She has con­tacted trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf and the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Scotrail to high­light how over­crowd­ing on trains is put­ting pas­sen­gers in dan­ger.

Some­thing like that can’t hap­pen again

So busy

Trains to Dum­bar­ton of­ten have num­ber of car­riages cut. And, right, last week’s Len­nox Her­ald front page

De­lays The woman was helped off the train at Dum­bar­ton

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