‘Ridiculous’ fence blocks bench at Oakleigh Park train station

The bench at Oakleigh Park has been rendered virtually useless after the fence was put in on the platform (Picture via Imgur user rupert9bear)

The bench at Oakleigh Park has been rendered virtually useless after the fence was put in on the platform (Picture via Imgur user rupert9bear)

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Sitting down as you wait for a train at Oakleigh Park station has been made considerably more difficult by a rather intrusive fence.

One Reddit user said it was 'one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen' (Picture via Imgur user rupert9bear)One Reddit user said it was 'one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen' (Picture via Imgur user rupert9bear)

Reddit user rupert9bear posted a picture of a set of white railings placed right up against a metal bench, which another user labelled ‘one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen’.

Others managed to point to some positives, with PrincessNausicaa writing: “It would be great if you wanted to have a nap but was worried about falling off.”

And for some perspective dan_of_steele said: “More legroom than on a London bus.”

The north London station is on the East Coast Main Line between King’s Cross and Edinburgh.

After the picture appeared on Imgur internetsquirrel said: “This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen.

“Well done bureaucracy.”

But others on the Reddit thread were not so upset by the railings blocking people from sitting down, with one saying the ‘safety measure’ was: “A good example of Network Rail spending money wisely.”

I’m not sure weary passengers in Barnet will feel quite the same way.

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