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Following on from the launch of his suicide prevention campaign, Councillor Alexander Stafford was pleased to receive encouraging news from Great Western Railway, who have agreed to look into the issues raised and take action accordingly.

In response to Councillor Stafford’s letter, Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of GWR, said they will install a new retractable safety fence to limit access to some of the platforms and will consider placing suicide prevention phones at Ealing Broadway station when they remodel the platforms this year in advance of Crossrail. Mr Hopwood added:

“Ealing Broadway station is currently undergoing major rebuilding work associated with CrossRail and as such we are mindful that on completion of the building work there will be new customer areas in which a Samaritans phone could be installed. We will work with the developers and CrossRail to find a suitable location to install a Samaritans phone on completion of the building works.”

Councillor Stafford praised the response as a positive step forward and he is now seeking to liaise with all relevant parties to look into further improvements. He added: “This is very good news for Ealing. I will continue to liaise with all the local residents and key stakeholder to make further positive changes to the stations in Ealing.

This success was reported in the Ealing Gazette and on Ealing Today. It was also reported on Health Watch Ealing’s site.

For confidential support on mental health call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org