Chester has its (scruffy) gates. No-one has yet been able been able to tell us what they’re there for.
Now Stockport has its fences. These are at the Manchester-end of the main platforms (1&2 and 3&4).
It seems that a number of people over the years have taken a fancy (for whatever reason) to a walk onto the viaduct. This tends to prove very disruptive to train services, since everything has to be stopped. This affected our line last autumn when it took 3 hours to persuade an individual to come off the viaduct back onto the station, rather than jumping off.
I understand the hope is the fences will make the viaduct look less inviting to these poor people.
The picture was taken last Tuesday, 16/2/10 just as the 1515 Piccadilly-Euston Pendolino arrived into platform 2, and our 1407 from Chester-Manchester (1521 from Stockport) Pacer (142035) disappeared across the viaduct towards Manchester and its brooding clouds.