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Railway Stations: Suicide

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 6652, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that any train station that has been the location of more than one serious suicide attempt in the last five years has a barrier installed.

Answered on

21 July 2015

Suicides are tragic incidents have a huge traumatic impact on family and friends of the individual concerned and also serious consequences for train drivers, station staff, and members of the public who witness incidents, police officers and all who rely on our railway infrastructure.

We are supporting Network Rail which is leading on behalf of the industry to deliver its national rail suicide prevention programme. This includes working in partnership with the Samaritans to put in place a long-term strategy to reduce the number of railway suicides from prevention strategies to post-incident support work.

Whilst consideration is given to the installation of physical barriers at stations where this is feasible in engineering and operational terms, suicides are a complex societal issue which require a multi-disciplinary solution.