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Man treated in hospital after falling down spiral staircase at Camden Town tube station

Escalator work forces crowds to use emergency steps

27 June, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

PASSSENGERS have warned of dangerous overcrowding at Camden Town tube station after a man who fell down a spiral staircase needed hospital treatment.

The tight, winding emergency steps – there are 96 of them – have been put into regular use due to ongoing escalator work at the Northern line stop.

David Williamson, 55, said he feared he had broken his back after falling on Saturday. “It is only a matter of time before something else happens,” he said. “Someone could be seriously injured like I nearly was. It needs to be brought to attention that Camden Town is a walking disaster.”

Paramedics were called and Mr Williamson was taken to hospital.

The spiral staircase is the only means of reaching the trains while the down escalator is out of action. The station, meanwhile, is closed altogether at peak times. The escalator work will continue until the end of next month.

Mr Williamson, who lives in Archway, said: “I must have fallen down about eight to 10 stairs. I thought I had broken my back. I was in the hospital all night and it turns out there is no fracture, but it is badly sore. I am lucky in a way but the health and safety at the station is not acceptable. No one seems to be doing anything.”

Nigel Holness, director of network operations at London Underground, said “The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and station staff are available to offer help to anyone who looks as though the

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