A 34-year-old woman died from multiple injuries after she was struck by a high-speed train at New Barnet railway station, an inquest heard.
Anne Marie Bray, of Langford Road, Cockfosters, had been suffering from a depressive illness and told husband Peter “the sun won’t shine anymore,” shortly before she went to the station and stood in front of the non-stopping train bound from King Cross to York which was travelling at more than 100mph.
An inquest at North London Coroner’s Court heard how she had become depressed following the death of of her mother in 2015, and that she had also fallen out with a number of friends which had “added to the burden.”
In the months prior to her death, on August 10 last year, she had been prescribed anti-depressant tablets along with several weeks off work by her GP at the Village Surgery in New Barnet.
She had also been undergoing sessions in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Mind Matters Barnet, a service which helps people deal with anxiety, stress and depression, based at Edgware Community Hospital.
Virgin Trains driver Gary Hudson said in a statement read to the inquest how he had seen Mrs Bray standing in front of his train and that she looked like a girl in her twenties wearing a white tee-shirt and blue jeans.
CCTV images showed Mrs Bray (nee Gallagher) sliding through a locked gate to get onto the platform, the inquest, at Wood Street, High Barnet heard.
Recording a conclusion that Mrs Bray died from the consequences of a depressive illness, Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner Andrew Walker said: “Although there is sufficient evidence for a jury to record a conclusion of suicide, it would not be safe to do so because Mrs Bray was suffering from a depressive illness.”
He told her family: “It’s very important that no-one blames themselves for what happened. The culprit is the depressive illness.”