DERBYSHIRE: Rail chiefs consider measures to cut train deaths

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Rail bosses are considering taking action following a spate of deaths at the county’s train stations, the Derbyshire Times has learned.

Within the past three months, four men have died after being hit by trains at Chesterfield and Dronfield stations.

Their deaths are not thought to be suspicious.

A spokesman for Network Rail this week told the Derbyshire Times that the organisation was holding talks over what measures could be introduced at the two stations to help prevent any further fatalities.

At this stage, the spokesman could not divulge details about the moves being considered – but said the organisation had introduced fencing on platforms at other stations across the county.

The news comes as an inquest opened this afternoon into the death of 28-year-old Christopher Deakin, from Lupton Walk, Sheffield, who died after being hit by a train at Dronfield station at about 4.45am last Thursday.

John Siddall, 88, of Brockwell Lane, Chesterfield, was killed at Chesterfield station on October 16.

Peter Dynes, 46, from Ormond Road, Sheffield, died at Dronfield station on October 5.

David Hudson, 59, of Greave Way, Brimington, was killed at Chesterfield station on August 2.

All four inquests have been adjourned until a later date.

• The Samaritans charity works closely with Network Rail to cut suicides on the county’s railways.

It trains staff to identify and help those who are vulnerable and runs campaigns encouraging suicidal people to contact them for help.

A spokesman for the Samaritans said: “If you’re feeling down or struggling to cope, we’re available 24/7 to offer confidential support. Please call us on 08457 90 90 90 or email us at jo@samaritans.org.”