train information safety anger is meant to improve safety
Fuming passengers have hit out at the decision, which sees a train's departure time and its platform removed from screens two minutes before a train is meant to leave.
In certain cases the details have been removed from departure boards before a train has even arrived.
The move by Govia Thameslink Railway, who run Southern and Thameslink, is meant to improve safety by stopping people sprinting through platforms to try and catch their trains which are about to leave.
But the health and safety policy, which is also used by Network Rail and other train operators, has been slated by commuters.
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Clive Page vented his frustration on the Thameslink Passenger Panel website, saying: “This seems exceedingly stupid.
“It means that accurate information on departures can only be obtained by using one’s smartphone.
“Is it really safer to have passengers passing up and down staircases and escalators looking at their screens than to have the information made properly public so that they can take it all in before they leave the concourse?”
Fuming passengers have hit out at the decision
And Samantha Leighton added: “Information is hidden when there is more than enough time to make the train safely.”
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Thameslink has defended its controversial move, with its spokesman Angela Okello saying: "Despite warnings and posters asking passengers not to run, this still happens.
“Passengers will run to try and catch a train that is shown as departing within a minute.
This seems exceedingly stupid
"There have been accidents as a result of this."
She added trains can sometimes be held up by people trying to board them 20 seconds before departure.
One rail company, Southern, is besieged by delays
And a Network Rail spokesman also backed the move, citing safety as a crucial factor behind the decision.
They said: “The safety of passengers is absolutely paramount.
Trains can sometimes be held up by people trying to board them 20 seconds before departure
“We always encourage passengers to allow plenty of time to board their train safely before departure.”
One rail company, Southern, is besieged by delays and cancellations on a nearly daily basis, with the health and safety decision likely to heap fresh misery on commuters’ tiresome journeys.