Man jailed for sparking chaos for commuters after climbing onto rail gantry

Train services were thrown into chaos after a man climbed onto a rail gantry and refused to move - causing more than 100 trains to be cancelled.

Adam Kozlowski, 37, jumped over the ticket barriers and climbed a railway gantry, causing 122 trains to be cancelled and costing Network Rail more than £430,000 - writes itv.com.

Kozlowski, who also caused 41 trains to be partially cancelled, was jailed for a year after being found guilty of one count of obstructing an engine or carriage using the railway by an unlawful act.

The incident happened at Seven Sisters station, in north London, in September.

The gantry which he climbed carries overhead power lines of 25,000 volts and Kozlowski remained on the gantry all day.

His stunt cost Network Rail £437,000 and resulted in 122 cancelled trains and 41 part cancelled trains.

Trains going in and out of the station were stopped while Network Rail switched off the power.

At one point, Kozlowski jumped from the gantry on to a building and fell backwards and managed to stop himself from falling by grabbing a support post.

He was eventually persuaded to climb down and wastaken to custody.

Kozlowski, of Enfield, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment ordered to pay costs of £140.

These cancellations and delays caused severe implications to travelling members of the public who were trying to go about their daily business, and the knock-on effect of people's work and social arrangements is immeasurable.

There were more than 100 train services cancelled and delayed and passengers on board some services had to be evacuated from the trains on to the tracks and walked to a place of safety.

In committing this offence Kozlowski intently endangered not only his own life but the lives of passengers on board the cancelled and delayed trains, who had to be evacuated from the safe environment of the train directly on to the tracks, as well as the emergency response personnel who attended the scene.

– DETECTIVE CONSTABLE GINA DENYAN-WATKINS, BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE

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