Mother in station fall safety fear

Sarah Chapman and baby Lacie. Sarah is complaining about access at Leyland Railway Station
Sarah Chapman and baby Lacie. Sarah is complaining about access at Leyland Railway Station
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A mother has hit out at the lack of access at a train station for parents with prams and also disabled people.

Sarah Chapman, 28, of Wildman Street, Preston, caught a train from the city’s station to Leyland Railway Station with her husband and daughter Lacie.

She said she slipped carrying her daughter down the stairs and believes there should be a lift or alternative facilities.

She said: “I went from Preston Train Station to Leyland with my three-month-old daughter.

“There was no access for a pram.” Mrs Chapman said they got off the train at the middle platform and asked an attendant about how to cross to the exit.

She said they were told to go up the stairs, cross the bridge and come down the other side.

She said her husband carried the pram down the stairs while Mrs Chapman carried her daughter in her arms, during the journey on Sunday.

When she got to the last three steps, she claims she tripped, sprained her ankle, hurt her knee and was left shaken.

She said: “It could have been so much worse.

“It could have been from the top of the stairs or halfway down.

“A lot of people aren’t aware that they can’t get access with a pram. I think it’s absolutely disgusting.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “We were very sorry to hear of Ms Chapman’s fall at Leyland station.

“A number of improvements have been made at Leyland station recently.

“They include the provision of anti-slip stair treads, extra handrails and tactile paving to the top and bottom of the stairs to increase customers’ safety.

“We are keen to improve station facilities further and have applied for funding for this.”