Overweight train passengers unable to use narrow ladder to escape
Yesterday night, a fatality at New Cross in London caused the train to stop. Several police and firefighters were sent out to investigate, some with torches.
Passengers had to evacuate the train as it was in between stations and were told 'not to look'. One person heard the crash above and thought it was a small tree.
Firefighters then had to use a thin and narrow ladder from the train belonging to South Eastern trains so that skinny passengers could get across the track but these ladders were totally unsuitable for those who were on the portly side.
In view of Britain's population getting increasingly larger, with the current lifestyle we are leading or due to other medical issues, surely South Eastern trains should use stronger and larger ladders, not leave it for a firefighter to carry them. It will also be more dignified for the passenger.
Trains were diverted and some were cancelled. There were many delays. Some people in the First Class section delayed things even further as they didn't want to be moved.
While this was going on, people were smoking in the front of the train.
Beaulieu will contact South Eastern.