SouthWest Trains stick it to London commuters

23 July 2009

I use the Farnborough Hampshire rail station - operated SouthWest trains - to go to London," says Bitterwallet reader Rishi. "For the London side of the station you have to go across a bridge, with a set of stairs to get onto the bridge and another to get off."

"They've not been repaired for years and years, although the number of passengers has risen dramatically," continues Rishi. "Rather than repair and maintain the safety of the stairs they've simply put these stickers all over the stairs:"

"What a nice way to pass all the blame onto the passenger who might fall and break a bone on stairs that are already dangerous in dry weather and worse during rain and snow. Profits before safety - would you expect anything less from SouthWest Trains?"

TOPICS:   Travel   Health

10 comments

  • The B.
    To be fair, if you fall over because you've tripped over something jutting out that shouldn't be there then it's their fault, if you fall over because you're legging it to catch a train and you're not paying attention then it's your fault. The problem here is that the second incident will inevitably end in a court case with said bellend blaming SWT for their inability to remain vertical, SWT have done the sensible thing and covered their own arses in this eventuality by simply telling people not to run, can't say fairer than that can you?
  • Nobby
    “For the London side of the station you have to go across a bridge, with a set of stairs to get onto the bridge and another to get off.” What is the point of this sentence? If you used the same set of stairs to get onto and off the bridge, then you would not actually go anywhere when you used the bridge.
  • Pure-Klenz
    @ Nobby - he clearly says 'With a set of stairs to get onto the bridge and ANOTHER to get off' meaning two sets of stairs you r-tard
  • Junkyard
    @ Pure-Klenz - good job he clarified then, I'd hate to think it was one of those bridges with only one set of stairs, and no way to get down when you get to the other side.
  • Mike
    diving boards?
  • Honky S.
    Pictures of the bridge would help - err Google Maps Maybe...
  • Nobby
    @ Pure-Klenz, exactly, there should always be (at least) two sets of stairs, one to get on the bridge and one to get off. So why mention that there are two sets? I can understand a complaint if there was only one set. Why not just say they have not repaired the stairs in years.
  • The B.
    Hold on, I've just realised he says "For the London side of the station you have to go across a bridge", what happens if you're already on that side? Do you have to cross and then cross back?
  • Lumoruk
    No warning stickers for crossing the track, if you're THAT worried about tripping on the stairs
  • Hello B.
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