Commuter comes unstuck at Stirling

Commuter comes unstuck at Stirling

UPDATE: Transperth says a man has been freed after his leg got caught between at a train and the platform at Stirling train station.

He became stuck after his foot slipped between the train and the platform as he alighted from a Perth-bound train at about 7.40am.

Train services were stopped across the line while Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff freed the man, who walked from the scene with St John Ambulance officers.

 

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Trains resumed operating at 8.20am.

Transperth confirmed services on the Joondalup Line were running, but would not be operating to timetable. There may also be residual delays on the Mandurah Line.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said Perth’s urban train network had some of the smallest gaps between train and platform of any rail system in the world.

“While no rail network in the world has been able to completely eliminate the gap between train and platform, we do try our best to manage it by carefully designing new station platforms and installing rubber step buffers to railcars,” he said.

“It was just a freak coincidence that there was a similar incident at the same station in 2014.

“We thank our passengers for their patience this morning.”

Mr Hynes earlier told 6PR radio that Perth-bound peak-hour trains further north than Stirling station were backed up and commuters could expect significant delays after the incident.

Train services resumed after the man was freed but replacement buses were organised for Whitfords, Greenwood, Warwick and Stirling train stations.

In 2014, vision of people rocking a train to free a similarly-trapped person at Stirling station made news around the world.