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Clumsy NSW commuters urged to take care

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016

Train passengers in NSW are being warned to take care after more than 1800 slips, trips and falls were recorded on the state's rail network in the past year.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said police charged more than 80 people and issued more than 240 infringements over the same period.

"All too often we see people slipping and falling as they rush around station platforms, or not pay attention and fall through the gap," Mr Constance said.

"We also have idiots putting their lives at risk by running across level crossings for a cheap thrill, and narrowly avoiding oncoming trains."

The warning, as part of Rail Safety Week, came as Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink released CCTV footage showing a number of lucky escapes.

In one clip a pedestrian narrowly avoids being struck by a train after an illegal rail crossing, while other footage shows passengers falling over dangerously close to tracks, or getting their legs stuck in the gap between the platform and train.

NSW TrainLink chief executive Rob Mason said drivers had little warning to stop.

"Some passenger trains and often freight trains come through platforms and level crossings at speeds that can take hundreds of metres to stop," Mr Mason said.

"If you're crossing against the signals, you're risking your own life and endangering those on the train."

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