Transport officials denounce video of passenger sliding down Tube escalator

“He carried on drinking and went out afterwards. He said he woke up in the morning and he couldn’t move for the rest of the week.”

Ryan Ramgobin
Monday 15 February 2016 13:23
Tube slide

Video has emerged showing a passenger sliding down the handrail of a London Underground escalator, a drunken stunt ending in a loud and painful thud.

The male passenger appearing to hold a bottle of beer is encouraged by his friends to mount the handrail and slide down.

He evades the first metal barrier but hits a second one which sent him tumbling onto the escalator steps.

His painful screams are met by raucous laughter by his friends.

Transport for London has condemned the man’s actions.

Mark Evers, Director of Customer Strategy for London Underground, said: “Safety is our top priority and pranks like this are dangerous for not only those involved but also to other customers.

“We have frequent PA announcements reminding customers to be careful when using escalators, and we also run safety campaigns throughout the year to encourage customers to take care whilst traveling on our network.”

The footage recorded by David Bailey, a lorry driver from St Albans, spoke to the Evening Standard about the incident which took place at Angel Underground Station.

“We were all egging my other mate on to do it. It was a bit stupid, not the best idea we’ve ever had.”

“He came off but he was alright. There was a quite a bit of blood but no major injuries, he was a bit bruised.”

“There were hundreds of people going up the escalator and they were in absolute shock.”

“This was the middle of the night. He carried on drinking and went out afterwards. He said he woke up in the morning and he couldn’t move for the rest of the week.”

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