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Teenager's injury forces part closure of new plaza at Skegness station

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 22, 2012

Skegnes station

PROBLEM AREA? The double-backed wave structures at Skegness railway station were roped off at the weekend, just weeks after the new piazza was opened.

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A SECTION of the new £720,000 plaza at Skegness railway station was roped off at the weekend, just weeks after opening.

A series of double-backed stone wave sculptures on one side of the station frontage were cordoned off after a youngster was injured while playing in the area on Friday afternoon.

The area has since reopened and East Midlands Trains, which manages the site, said although temporary signage is already in place, permanent warnings are to be put up shortly advising people to keep off the features.

A spokesman said: "We understand that a teenage boy was injured on Friday evening whilst riding his bike over the new concrete wave sculptures at the front of Skegness station, and was subsequently treated at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

"Our immediate thoughts are with the boy who has been injured, and we wish him all the best for a quick recovery.

"East Midlands Trains has worked in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and Network Rail to develop a new and welcoming station plaza for Skegness, with a design that reflects the local area. It is therefore disappointing that some people are misusing the new space and sculptures.

"We will be looking to work with Lincolnshire County Council and Network Rail to identify any opportunities to prevent future misuse of the new plaza."

Concerns had been raised that the area could be a magnet for anti-social behaviour and drinking before it even opened.

Councillor Carl Macey had put the issue to Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, Jim Manning at last month's Skegness town council meeting who assured him Lincolnshire Police would be working closely with British Transport Police and station security staff to tackle any issues.

The plaza at the station marked the completion of a major refurbishment project which saw the derelict railway buildings removed and the site levelled.

Now, the site is bordered by glass screens on approach to the station platform, and the area has been landscaped with a large metal sandcastle, benches and a greeting sign for passengers arriving by rail.

The works cost a total of £720,000 which was funded jointly by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, Network Rail's National Stations Improvement Programme, East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.

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  • exkeelby  |  February 22 2012, 5:49PM

    Put wave structures like that anywhere and the kids will play on them. It's only natural. We have all done it as youngsters. I am surprised that our old friends the H.S.E have not put their grubby noses into the issue.

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  • MavisEnderby  |  February 22 2012, 1:53PM

    What a world we now live in...... Whilst it is not nice for anybody to be hurt or injured, it is a part of growing up. Grazed knees and broken bones was once part of the stupid things we did in our younger days. If this had happened on a purpose built skate/bike park then it should have been part of that 'learning process'. However because this was a nice new sculpture park designed for the enjoyment of the public and not meant for failing stunt riders, then he deserves his time in hospital. No sympathy from me, he shouldn't have been cycling on it .... simple. I bet the ambulance chasing solicitors have already been in touch though ...... Parasites

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  • thompma30  |  February 22 2012, 12:45PM

    own stupid fault, probably filming it for youtube no doubt

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  • Phil1W  |  February 22 2012, 11:40AM

    It doesn't mention how many lawful pedestrians had to get out of the way of little show off and his mates bikes before he fell off! They should be prosecuted!

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  • THECARPER  |  February 22 2012, 10:22AM

    Buy him a tricycle if he keeps falling off lol

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  • oapsense  |  February 22 2012, 9:33AM

    Charge the moron with criminal damage

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  • Whiley45  |  February 22 2012, 8:50AM

    No lynnlincoln you got it wrong this time. Much as I have admired your incisive comments in the past this poor little mite deserves some compassion here. I think he will get many thousands of pounds compensation for his pain and suffering and his Mother will probably get the same for the trauma. These bright new features welcoming the hoards to Skegness will probably be dug up or worse, fenced off and once again our world will be right.. On second thoughts you could be right. The silly little ****** deserved all he got!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • lynnlincoln  |  February 22 2012, 8:35AM

    Serves the silly little so and so right, trying to be clever and showing off no doubt!

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