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12/08/2017 - Passengers put at risk by staff cuts

londonundergroundA passenger on the London Underground lay unattended and unconscious for half an hour after a fall because there were no staff to help him, the rail union RMT has revealed.

The serious incident, which occurred on August 3, was one of an increasing number of cases where injured passengers have been left without aid because of staff cuts, the RMT said.

The passenger had fallen down a flight of stairs at unstaffed Ickenham station on the Metropolitan Line and was knocked unconscious. A passing train driver raised the alarm but was left for 30 minutes until staff from other stations arrived - leaving their own stations unstaffed.

The union said it was “pure luck” that he was spotted by a Tube driver.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It simply defies belief that London Underground is still recklessly running services on the world’s busiest railway through stations that have no staff available.

“RMT will be continuing to push the demand with London Underground directors that where the cuts mean that there are no staff available, then the station should be closed.”