Train platform safety | Western Cape Government

Train platform safety

(Western Cape Government)

Many commuters choose to travel to work by train because it’s inexpensive and they don’t have to deal with the stresses that come with being on the road in peak hour traffic.

In the same way that good safety practices keep people safe on the road, rail passengers have to practise good railway safety, including platform safety.

Be cautious and patient

Although rail commuters often focus on the safety of the trip, the risks of not adhering to platform safety regulations include serious injury or even death.

Platform-train interface (PTI) incidents 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 2016/2017 reveals that there’s been a 15% decrease in PTI occurrences from 657 in 2015/16 to 572 in 2016/17. 

  • The number of injuries decreased by 15%
  • The number of fatalities remained the same at 9.

Cape Town and Bellville train stations are still high on the list for PTIs during this period.

Read more about PTIs in the Railway Safety Regulator: State of Safety Reports

Safety tips

  • 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 or off a moving train.
  • Teach children rail safety.
  • Always be on the platform five minutes before departure to avoid being rushed.

Read more safety tips on Metrorail's website.

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The content on this page was last updated on 6 December 2017