Rail platform safety is set to improve under a new partnership between Heathrow Express and Network Rail.

Blue warning lights have been installed at Heathrow Express’ platform 6 at Paddington Station in an effort to improve passenger safety and reduce the number of accidents. The lights will automatically switch on when the doors of a Heathrow Express train open and will provide both a strong warning sign and greater visibility for passengers boarding the train.

The challenge of preventing passengers and staff from tripping into the gap between the train and the platform (known as a ‘step board incident’) exists at many railway stations across the UK, and is one of the highest causes of accidents, but this is the first time blue lights have been installed at a national rail station. To work alongside the blue lights, which are also in place at Baker Street Underground Station, Heathrow Express and Network Rail have installed eye-catching footprint vinyl’s with ‘mind your step’ warning messages.

Fraser Brown, Director of Heathrow Express said: “Ensuring that our passengers get to their destination safely and as quickly as possible is our key aim and the flashing blue lights together with the footprint vinyls at the curved end of Platform 6 at Paddington, will reduce accidents by providing a visual reminder to passengers and staff to be mindful of their step.”

Mark Langman, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “Our focus on safety is relentless. This is another example of how we are striving to be even better. The blue flashing lights with the footprint vinyls at the curved end of Platform 6 at London Paddington will help passengers to safely get to and from the train and reduce the likelihood of accidents.”