Train Platform Safety

(Western Cape Government)

Many choose to commute to work with a train because it’s cost effective and users don’t have to deal with the stresses that come with peak hour traffic.

Like road safety, passengers have to practice railway safety when using the train.

Cautious Commuters

Although commuters often focus on the safety of the trip, the risks of being unaware and noncompliant on the platform include serious injury or even death.

Commuters need to be aware of the following platform-train interchange (PTI) incidents that can occur when getting on or off a train:

  • Passengers can fall between the train and the platform.
  • Passengers can fall on the platform.

The Railway Safety Regulator: State of Safety Report indicates that there were 715 PTI occurrences in South Africa between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. 

Safety Tips

Here are some tips to keep you out of danger:

  • Stay behind the yellow line on the platform until the train has stopped moving.
  • Mind the gap between the train and the platform.
  • Always keep train doors closed.
  • Do not get on and off a moving train.
  • Teach children rail safety.
  • Always be on the platform five minutes before departure to avoid being rushed.
The content on this page was last updated on 10 July 2015