A LONDON Underground passenger was left lying unconscious for half an hour after a fall because there were no staff to help him, rail union RMT revealed yesterday.
The incident, which occurred on August 3, was one of an increasing number of cases where injured passengers have been left without aid because of staff cuts, rail union RMT warned.
The passenger had fallen down a flight of stairs at unstaffed Ickenham station on the Metropolitan Line and was knocked unconscious. A passing train driver raised the alarm but was left for 30 minutes until staff from other stations arrived — leaving their stations unstaffed.
The union said it was “pure luck” that he was spotted by a Tube driver.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It simply defies belief that London Underground is still recklessly running services on the world’s busiest railway through stations that have no staff available.
“That is despite a legal warning from the safety regulator, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), and a growing catalogue of serious incidents, including a fatality.
“RMT will be continuing to push the demand with London Underground directors that where the cuts mean that there are no staff available, then the station should be closed.”
The ORR said it had not issued a warning to LU about the level of staffing at its stations.
“Station staffing levels are a matter for LU to determine on a basis of the level of risk at each station that it identifies through its risk assessment process,” said a spokesman.
ORR has issued an improvement notice to London Underground requiring it to assess the risks to staff at Canning Town and West Ham stations associated with lone working.