A member of the Edinburgh Trams team has been hailed a ‘lifesaver’ for administering first aid to a member of the public involved in a collision with a fast-moving train.

Stuart Mearns, an Assistant Engineering Manager, instinctively leapt into action at the Gateway train station after hearing cries for help. He said:

I just felt like I needed to try and assist in any way I could.

Stuart, who was the first to arrive at the scene, followed advice from the emergency services over the phone while assisting the casualty who had sustained significant injuries. Together with a station attendant, he remained with them until they were taken to hospital.

Andy Conway, Edinburgh Trams’ Head of Engineering and Stuart’s manager, said:

Stuart really did go above and beyond to help whilst on his lunch break. His efforts have been recognised by colleagues and from ScotRail and he has also been presented with our own ‘You Are Tramtastic’ award.

Throughout the incident he demonstrated exceptional professionalism and assertiveness in dealing with a traumatic incident for all involved.

Edinburgh Trams’ ‘You Are Tramtastic’ employee scheme aims to recognise colleagues who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellence in customer service or other exceptional behaviour while at work.