August 2009 in Train Operations
A potential slip/trip hazard at Stansted Airport has been raised as a concern by a driver. Passengers may sometimes find themselves practically stepping into buckets of rainwater at Stansted Airport as they step out of the train onto the platform in bad weather. Under the current arrangements, these buckets have been positioned inches from the platform edge to collect water from a leaky roof. Some drivers are apparently making public announcements on arrival to alert passengers to the hazard, but others aren't.
Could BAA provide an update on any plans to address the source of the problem? Could National Express East Anglia investigate the current arrangements? Could all drivers be briefed on making timely announcements on arrival?
National Express East Anglia would like to thank the reporter for enquiring about the issue related to the leaking roof at Stansted Airport and potential slip hazard that this could create.
NXEA has contacted BAA and NR regarding this issue and highlighted our concerns. BAA and NR are currently working together to finalise a date when the required repair work on the roof can take place.
The buckets are used as a temporary measure during periods of wet weather and are placed in the middle of the concourse. This method has been deemed the most practical and effective way of controlling the potential slip hazard that could be caused if the dripping water is not caught and allowed to pool on the platform surface.
The amount of water captured within the buckets is proactively monitored throughout the duration of wet weather periods by the duty station manager to ensure that the buckets do not overfill. In addition to monitoring the water levels, hazard warning signs are positioned adjacent to the buckets to warn staff and passengers.
Drivers are not currently instructed to make announcements which are related specifically to the concerns raised by the reporter due to the interim measures which suitably control the risk, however NXEA will give this suggestion due consideration.