Youths risk lives in dangerous ‘chicken’ game with fast-moving trains through Stansted railway station

Youths are enjoying ‘chicken’ with speedy-going trains travelling through Stansted’s railway station in a daredevil exercise that authorities have warned could finish in a fatality.

Commuters and residents also report being confronted on a each day basis with disruptive behaviour on the platforms, which spills out on to Station Highway.

And this week Higher Anglia station team have been issued with system cams in response to the increasing considerations.

The platform at Stansted train station
The system at Stansted train station

In accordance to staff members, teams of children on a regular basis assemble to ‘play’ on the platforms, goading each individual other to retrieve merchandise, this sort of as pens, that they have thrown on to the keep track of or daring to get as shut as they can to trains racing by.

Villager Ray Woodcock named on dad and mom to check out up on their kid’s whereabouts.

“The station personnel instructed me of a regular going on which is of wonderful issue to them. A team of 13 to 15-12 months-olds, 3 boys and 6 ladies ,’played’ on the platform and bridge crossing the tracks, but this was no ordinary recreation.

“It looks the girls would goad the boys to leap on to the rail monitor. One more 1 of their ‘games’ is to stand really shut to speedy-shifting trains as they handed, non-end, via the station and touch the prepare as it handed to see who would ‘chicken’ initial.

“To the dad and mom of these silly youngsters, are your small children associated in this lifetime threatening ‘game’? You will need to choose motion right before a youngster is significantly wounded or killed.”

One particular commuter who did not would like to be named, mentioned groups collected most evenings on the system around the entrance, ‘smoking, spitting and stinking of weed’.

A Better Anglia spokesperson stated: “We are working with British Transport Law enforcement to deal with anti-social behaviour on the railway. We have held a conference with staff members, we have issued them with entire body cams and will continue to help them.

“Users of the general public who action onto tracks threat their possess lifetime and the life of other individuals. Everyone who witnesses any anti-social behaviour on the railway need to get in contact with British Transport Police on 61016.”