Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Please mind the gap!

Recalled that there was an incident where a kid's foot was stuck in the gap between an MRT train and platform some time back at home. It was only the quick thinking of a fellow passenger who pulled the emergency panel that saved the kid from having to rely on a prosthetic foot the rest of his life.

Now if the same thing was to happen in the tube, it would not just be his foot; heck, it could jolly well be his entire body below the waist! Perhaps then he would be able to see the words on the platform clearly.

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8 comments:

LadyBanana said...

I so hate those gaps, I have to take a big breath getting on and off sometimes as I find it rather scary!

AVCR8TEUR said...

Scary thought especially during rush hour. I guess people just have to remember to take a big leap instead of small steps going through those doors.

JesieBlogJourney said...

Good thing that he was not hurt. It's so dreadful how such accidents can ruin one's life. I wonder whether anything can be done to the gaps.

Marjie said...

hmmmm....quite interesting how people could ignore the sign. I've always been terorrized by the in between of the actual ride and the platform. Makes me think one should never ride it, but public transportation keeps us insane most of the time. Don't it?

C K said...

Well, I was thinking about how poeple in wheelchairs get around the public transport. The bus is not exactly wheelchair friendly either...

Looks like 'the gap' is a common concern indeed.

taitai said...

Aiyah, that's why I always take a taxi ;)

alson said...

LOL. So cute. :D

~YM~ said...

i hate it man, when the tube keep repeating "Please mind the gap" at each stop. I think they should just close the gap and make the waiting platform level with the trains'. It's kind of hard for traveler's with luggage, and those handicapped citizens. I saw that there are certain stops where the handicapped can get up and off the train, but it's still better if all stops are disabled-friendly. -.-"

Luckily most of the LRT stations in KL, Malaysia do not have such a big gap. I'm not sure whether if it's all of it, although those stations around me are disabled friendly with lifts for the disabled who can't get up or down escalators.

But then again, KL's train network is not that efficient overall. The interchange may be far , and they are handled by diff companies, so
u hav to buy lotsa tix if you are doing multiple interchanges. -.-"