Fears over the safety of railway users have sparked a call for action after pictures emerged of ‘dangerous’ cycling at Doncaster Station.
Video footage passed onto the Doncaster Star have shown how cyclists who have been on trains have ridden their bikes straight down pedestrian steps, and along the station’s busy pedestrian underpass, sparking concerns for the safety of people walking along the passageway.
One witness said it was a regular occurrence at the station early in the mornings. Another described one rider he had seen riding at speed down steps and through the entrance to the Frenchgate Centre as a ‘like a nutter’.
The footage shows cyclists who have just got off trains with their bikes, riding down steep steps, and weaving through passengers in a packed corridor.
The chairman of the South Yorkshire Transport User Group, John Hoare, a former Doncaster Council cabinet member for transport, said he was concerned about the practice, which he described as dangerous, and said he was concerned the practice could cause someone to be injured.
He said: “I think it is potentially dangerous doing this at a railway station. There needs to be a notice there telling people not to do it if it’s happening like this. It needs to be stopped.
“People could be hurt by cyclists riding like this. I don’t know how much control cyclists have riding down steps in that manner.
“I would appeal to people to be considerate to others.”
He added: “I know people take bikes on trains, and that’s fine for the majority. We are all in favour of people cycling.”
He confirmed the South Yorkshire Transport User Group would be looking at the issue.
East Coast, the operator of Doncaster Station, is also aware of the matter.
The organisation’s spokesman John Gelson said: “The subway and other parts of the station are fully covered by CCTV. As soon as they become aware of anyone cycling on the station platforms, stairs or underpass, our staff will intervene and ask them to stop. The safety of everyone using the station is our first priority.”
He added the subway was designated for pedestrian use and not for cycling, for safety reasons.
British Transport Police said they wanted people to report any cases of reckless cycling on the underpass.
A spokeswoman said: “We take all reports of dangerous behaviour on trains and at stations seriously and we will do all we can to ensure the railway is a safe environment.
“If you see people acting in a dangerous or anti-social manner on the railway network, we urge you to report it to us by calling our freefone number on 0800 40 50 40, or text us discreetly on 61016. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Last year police launched a crackdown on cyclists riding along the pedestrianised sections of Doncaster town centre.
Log onto thestar.co.uk/video to see footage of cyclists riding through the pedestrian underpass at Doncaster Station.