Jack Smith, 25, an NHS worker from Clapham, said; “I was on the platform and the Tube was pulling away when I heard this prolonged scream from 20m down the platform.
“There were loads of women around her screaming and pointing. The driver put on the emergency breaks (sic) and we were all evacuated.
“Those platforms are too narrow and there’s just not enough space for it to cope with those numbers of people in the morning.
“Everyone was piling on the buses. It was just so busy.”I can vouch for this, having had several meetings in central London recently and having to travel in rush hour. The crush at pinch points (like platforms & escalators) and general overcrowding is appalling.
It’s ironic, too, that this comes at a time when the police are being castigated for management of similar dangerous overcrowding at Hillsborough…
James Callen, a corporate services executive, said: “We were slightly further down the platform, but as the Tube pulled in people inevitably shuffled forward and the woman was pushed under the tube.
“There were horrendous screams coming from her and the people who were standing around her. We were ushered out pretty quickly and it was complete chaos a lot of people were crying as well.
“The station was closed and an ambulance and two fire engines arrived very quickly. People just started to walk across the common as queues for buses were hundreds of people long. I managed to share a cab with three other people who had been on the platform at the time.
“It’s so dangerous in the morning. I am surprised it doesn’t happen more often.”Me too.
And you have to ask just why there’s time to focus on fripperies like all-night running of the Tube, and yet none to spare for tackling the dangerous overcrowding that already exists. No venue would be allowed to open if it anticipated numbers it couldn’t handle, yet – just as with the disability access law – the Tube gets a pass due to the impossibility of complying with the legislation.
And it’s a salient point that those who demand Open Borders for all never, ever seem to worry about the inevitable impact on travel and transport (or housing, services, etc).