RAIL safety chiefs are signalling danger after a rise in Wigan station injuries.
They issued a fresh warning as the winter freeze left pavements, concourses and platform approaches potentially hazardous.
Latest annual figures show that nine train users were hurt after sustaining falls from trips and slips while using services at Wigan North Western and Wallgate.
At least one Wigan passenger, confirm the Rail Safety and Standards Board, received injuries categorised as “major” after falling on the stairs down to the platforms at Wallgate.
Now Network Rail is urging passengers to watch their step in the run up to Christmas.
A new digital and poster campaign, with CCTV footage, highlights how running for a train with bags of shopping or attempting to carry heavy luggage on an escalator can end up with bruised pride as well as the body, and urges people to take care when travelling by rail over the festive period.
Network Rail’s route managing director Dyan Crowther said: “A combination of more people carrying Christmas shopping, trailing wheelie suitcases, wet and windy weather and people travelling late after festive parties, make December a time where we see more people take a tumble
“We don’t want to see anyone hurt at our stations so we’ll be doing what we can to keep concourses dry and clean and signposting lifts clearly for those with heavy luggage.
“Please plan ahead so you don’t end up rushing to catch your train - falling over could be a miserable end to an enjoyable evening.”
At the main Wigan stations, five passengers were hurt with falls on the stairs ascending or descending from the platforms themselves.
A station users also sustained injuries with a fall on the stairs at Parbold Station on the Wallgate to Southport line, another at Hindley, plus two at Atherton.
Nationally, most incidents involved people slipping on the concourse (1,488), falling down stairs (1,120) or on the platform (899) with more than 500 falls on escalators and over 400 people who fell when running.
Incidents involving luggage have risen by 70 per cent since 2004/5 with 614 recorded injuries, accounting for a fifth of the total.
More than 400 incidents involved a person who was intoxicated.
December 2011 saw 322 incidents, accounting for around 10 per cent of the total.
Fridays were the most common day for a slip, trip or fall to occur with more than a third (1,158) occurring between 5pm and 2.30am.