Red Cross team up with Network Rail for the Olympics

First aid responders from the British Red Cross will be teaming up with Network Rail to help Olympic visitors stay safe this summer.

A 220-strong team  of expert first aiders will work shifts around the clock at King’s Cross, Paddington, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Victoria from July 27 to August 12.

An estimated 20 million trips will be made by spectators on the capital’s rail networks during the Olympics and Paralympics – including three million on the busiest day.

Vanessa Spiller, British Red Cross operations manager for London, said: “For many people this will be a time of celebration and excitement but for those who need first aid support as they arrive in or leave the capital by train, the Red Cross will be on hand to help.

“We are thrilled to play a part in helping spectators to travel safely and smoothly as they make their way around the city.”

It is expected that about 80 per cent of spectators attending events in Greater London will travel by rail, including the Docklands Light Railway and Underground.

During the Paralympics, first aid teams will be operating in Liverpool Street and London Bridge.

David Ward, Network Rail’s Olympic delivery director, said: “As well as continuing to offer the service which keeps millions of people moving across Britain each day, the Games will see millions of visitors coming through the capital’s train stations and we are committed to making their journeys as smooth as possible.”

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