Waverley station drunk used in rail safety video

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A kilted Scotland football fan who fell onto railway tracks after trying to kick a pigeon at Waverley station in Edinburgh features in a new Network Rail safety video launched today.

Network Rail have unveiled a new video warning passengers of potential hazards associated with excessive alcohol consumption at railway stations

The video shows the fan falling

The video shows the fan falling

At least 268 people were injured at Scotland’s stations in slips, trips and falls in the year to March, including 101 at Waverley, 82 at Glasgow Central and 25 at Glasgow Queen Street, according to Network Rail and ScotRail.

Waverley was the ninth worst for incidents among Britain’s 17 busiest stations, which clocked up a total of 1,600.

Network Rail said many injuries happened when people lost their balance after a night out drinking. They included one death, together with bone fractures, dislocations and concussions on steps, escalators, platforms and falling over luggage.

Robin Gisby, Network Rail’s managing director for network operations, said: “We do everything we can to make moving around our stations as easy and safe as possible, but our teams deal with far too many people who have injured themselves where it appears alcohol has been a factor.”

The video will be shown at stations along with posters of an optical illusion with wine and beer glasses that gives the impression the page is moving.