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02.10.19

Life-saving defibrillators to be put in trains and stations across the north of England

Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at TransPennine Express (TPE) railway stations and in new trains across the north of England and Scotland.

The defibrillators will be the first port of call for anyone who suffers a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester collaborated to provide funding for the life-saving devices to be installed in all 19 TPE managed stations.

Most stations will have one machine but some of the bigger stations, including Manchester Airport and Huddersfield will have two.

The new measures will also see defibrillators installed on board all 44 of their brand-new Nova fleets of trains.

The device can be used to deliver a highly-charged electric shock to help to restore a steady heart beat rhythm after a cardiac arrest or heart attack has occurred.

Following a cardiac arrest, every minute is crucial in terms of survival chances. By restoring a heart-beat through defibrillation you could save a train passengers life.

The defibrillators require a key coded access available from the local ambulance services, but individual audio guide will talk members of staff or rail customers through the process until the emergency services arrive.

Charlie French, Accessibility and Integration Manager at TransPennine Express commented:

“We are very happy to be able to provide a defibrillator at the majority of our stations as well as on-board our upcoming Nova trains. We want all our customers to feel safe when they travel, with the comfort of knowing that should they need it, a defibrillator is on hand to provide life-saving treatment until the emergency services arrive”

Defibrillators will be installed in Barnetby, Brough, Cleethorpes, Dewsbury, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield, Hull, Malton, Manchester Airport, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Seamer, Selby, Stalybridge, Thirsk, Thornaby and Yarm railway stations.

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