A MERSEYRAIL guard will appear in court charged with manslaughter over the death of Wirral teenager Georgia Varley at a Liverpool train station.
Georgia, 16, from Moreton, was killed in October when she slipped between a train and the platform at James Street station.
The Birkenhead Sixth Form College pupil was part of a large group of youngsters who left an 18th birthday party in Hoylake and were heading into the city centre when tragedy struck.
A 44-year-old guard was suspended almost immediately and yesterday British Transport Police announced they had pressed charges following a three month investigation.
Christopher James McGee, of Edenhurst Avenue, Wallasey, will appear at Liverpool magistrates court later this month accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Friends who saw what happened said Georgia mistakenly stepped off the train a stop too soon and bent down to put on the shoes she had taken off.
By the time she stood up and realised her mistake the doors had closed behind her as the train prepared to move off.
A friend called through the window to tell her to stand back and they would go back for her, but her inquest heard how CCTV footage captured her leaning against the train.
Georgia was then seen moving along the platform, possibly clinging to the train, before falling down the gap, where she died .
Friends on board described the emergency brakes going on as the train pulled away from the station and an announcement in the carriages which said: “Stay calm, we have hit someone.”
Georgia’s dad, Paul Varley, and friends have since begun to campaign for safety gates to be installed in Merseyrail stations to make sure such a tragedy cannot happen again.
A BTP spokesman said: “A 44-year-old man from Wallasey has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and will appear at Liverpool City Magistrates’ Court on February 23.
“The charge relates to an incident at James Street rail station, Liverpool, on October 22 2011, in which a 16-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries.”
A Merseyrail spokesman confirmed the accused was an employee of the company.