Dad who survived being hit by speeding train calls for barriers at Goodmayes station after death

The man who survived being hit by a high-speed train at Goodmayes station is calling for barriers to be put in place to prevent other people being struck.

A 35-year-old Romford man died when he was hit by a train at the station, in Station Road, on Sunday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious but the speed of passing trains going from central London to Essex is causing concern.

In November, 34-year-old dad Stephen Wright was hit on the head by a train travelling at up to 70mph as he leant out over the tracks to be sick.

He miraculously got away with minor injuries and whiplash but the line was closed for hours as police searched the track after the train driver reported hitting a man.

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Mr Wright said: “I think they need some kind of barrier there.

“It’s dangerous for everyone, especially the kids if they’re running around.”

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Trains often pass through the stations on quiet or rarely-used platforms, but sometimes speed past crowded areas at busy times.

Goodmayes councillor Ali Hai said more staff could monitor station platforms and restrict access to increase safety.

He added: “Although something like a suicide is difficult to wholly prevent, I do think given the regularity of Goodmayes and Seven Kings stations being at the centre of such incidents the authorities, including Network Rail, Greater Anglia and the Transport Police should look to make improvements.”

Cllr Bert Jones favoured barriers on the platform, which are common in other countries, including Japan.

He said: “Funding is a problem but with Crossrail arriving, the number of passing trains is only going to increase.”

Greater Anglia operates services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield and stations on the line, including Goodmayes and Seven Kings.

A spokesman said the company works with Network Rail, the Samaritans and the police to prevent people trespassing on the railway.

Staff are also trained to try to recognise the behaviour of people attempting suicide and intervene.

She added: “We make sure the best use is made of all available platforms, given the volume, frequency and stopping patterns of trains on this very busy route.

“We take a number of measures to ensure customers are aware when and where non-stopping trains are passing through the stations, including station announcements, hatching marks on the platforms, keep clear signs and posters.”

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