Published on : Tuesday, October 18, 2016
In order to reduce train delays, the Portuguese rail operator ‘Fertagus’ has recently launched a campaign for the commuters to encourage them to eat breakfast before catching trains during the morning rush.
Fertagus railway links Setubal with Lisbon with several passenger trains. The marketing manager of Fertagus, Raquel Santos has informed that during the first half of 2016, around forty-six passengers of the railway have fainted during the morning rush and they have caused 51 train delays of total 209 minutes.
Santos has added, “We realised that many of these cases are due to episodes of low blood sugar in people who have not eaten for several hours, normally during the morning rush hour. Many times it is not possible to immediately remove the passenger from the train and this causes delays. Often the alarm is pulled and this causes circulation on the whole network to be delayed.”
The Fertagus railway has put up several posters at the stations to spread awareness among the commuters. The posters read, “Travelling without eating breakfast can affect everyone’s trip!” The railway has also advised the commuters to carry a bottle of water while travelling. If someone starts to feel sick during the commute, the railway has suggested them to get off at the next station to get medical help.
As a part of the campaign, in the upcoming week, Fertagus is planning to distribute yogurts and apples to its 70,000 daily commuters to encourage them to eat breakfast.