As the Fly­ing Scots­man steams through, spec­ta­tors urged to stay safe

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

That’s the mes­sage for fans of Fly­ing Scots­man as the world-fa­mous train gets ready to tour the South East next week.

Fly­ing Scots­man will jour­ney­ing through be the Chiltern Hills on June 6 and June 9 with lunchtime and evening tours both days.

Net­work Rail and Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) though are both warn­ing any­one plan­ning to see the train to be aware of the dan­gers of stray­ing onto the tracks.

As well as putting them­selves at risk of be­ing hit by a train, rail lines in the South are pow­ered by an elec­tri­fied ‘third rail’ run­ning par­al­lel to the tracks.

This is al­ways switched on and car­ries enough elec­tric­ity to kill a per­son.

Becky Lum­lock, route man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail, said: “See­ing Fly­ing Scots­man pass­ing through our spec­tac­u­lar coun­try­side is a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity but I can­not stress enough how im­por­tant it is to stay safe at all times. Never wan­der onto or near the tracks. As well as be­ing il­le­gal, it is in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous.

“I urge any­one who is plan­ning on en­joy­ing see­ing Fly­ing Scots­man to do so from a safe po­si­tion.”

BTP of­fi­cers will be pa­trolling the routes to make sure all en­joy spot­ting the train, with­out putting them­selves or oth­ers in dan­ger.

Of­fi­cers con­firmed there had al­ready un­for­tu­nately been cases on the tour of in­di­vid­u­als ven­tur­ing onto the tracks.

BTP Sergeant Phil Horne said: “The Fly­ing Scots­man tour is a very ex­cit­ing event for many peo­ple and we want ev­ery­one who is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the spec­tac­u­lar steam engine to have a great day out and stay safe.

“So far on the Fly­ing Scots- man tour, there has been some dis­rup­tion, with var­i­ous in­ci­dents of tres­pass along the line.

“It is in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing that de­spite re­peated warn­ings, peo­ple chose to risk their lives and the lives of oth­ers by go­ing onto the rail­way tracks to view the Fly­ing Scots­man.”

He con­tin­ued: “We un­der­stand that peo­ple are ex­cited, but the rail­way is a haz­ardous en­vi­ron­ment and tres­passers en­dan­ger their safety and that of oth­ers.

“The dis­rup­tion caused to trains as a re­sult of the tres­pass meant that many peo­ple were af­fected by the ac­tions of the tres­passers.”

If you are plan­ning to look out for the great lo­co­mo­tive, the BTP has is­sued some ad­vice to make sure all runs smoothly.

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