ANOTHER tragic death on train tracks in Johnstone has sparked fresh calls for improved safety measures.

The emergency services were called to a stretch of the railway between Johnstone and Milliken Park stations late on Monday night after a man in his 40s was struck and killed by a passing train.

Police have confirmed they are not treating the incident as suspicious.

It is the latest in a number of deaths on the town’s tracks in recent years, with campaigners urging operators to make sure everything possible is being done to prevent people from gaining access to the railway.

Councillor Andy Doig, whose ward includes Johnstone, said: “I am very sad to hear about this as there have been a number of incidents over the past five years.

“There have been many high-profile deaths at and near Milliken Park station, including someone as young as 18.

“Last year, I had meetings with ScotRail management to put better security in place. This week, I will be calling on them again to ensure that better measures are delivered to make it difficult to get onto the tracks.

“I would like to extend my condolences to the family concerned in this latest incident.”

In May, 20-year-old Christopher Fairley died after walking onto the tracks near Milliken Park station.

And, the previous month, a 46-year-old man lost his life in similar circumstances in the same area.

Back in October 2011, a couple were killed in a double tragedy at Milliken Park and, just days later, another man lost his life when he too was hit by a train.

Police have not named the man who died in the latest incident but have confirmed that his family has been informed.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police told our sister title The Gazette: “We were called on Monday, at 11.54pm, to Milliken Park station after a person was struck by a train.

“Sadly, the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A file is being sent to the procurator fiscal.”

A Network Rail spokesman added: “Any death on the railway is a tragedy and we constantly review what measures we can take to reduce incidents on our network.

“We’ve put in place a range of initiatives to try to reduce fatalities on the railway and are currently working with Samaritans to help train railway staff in how to identify and approach people exhibiting vulnerable behaviour.

“We regularly review the design of stations and other parts of our infrastructure to make locations less suitable for someone considering trespassing on the tracks.”

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