Listen to the guards
It seems that the RSSB has now conducted research into the potential dangers to passengers of trap-and-drag incidents, and believes that the train operating companies will want to do everything to minimise this risk when a service is in the process of leaving the station by having sufficient staff available.
Perhaps the fact that there were more than 1,500 platform-train interface ‘incidents’ last year has focused their attention. And this despite the best efforts of the RMT and the guards they represent, warning everyone of this dangerous part of any journey for the past year or more...
As a retired Northern guard, I experienced daily the ‘mistakes’ by passengers - and even our managers - as they attempted to leave or board a train as the doors were closing, and regularly had to re-release the doors due to items of luggage, clothing or limbs being caught accidentally (and sometimes not accidentally) in the train doors. Usually, when it was clothing, the passenger was initially unaware of the trapped item.
Finally, it is about time that the media was allowed to interview guards openly, to enable a balanced view of the risks - without fear of being dismissed - to be placed in front of the travelling public. John Smith-Warren, Crofton, Yorkshire