Stop messin’ about on high-speed line
A CAMPAIGN highlighting the dangers of trespassing on the high-speed railway line running through Kent has been launched.
A 12-minute DVD, part of Network Rail’s No Messin’! campaign, will be shown to youngsters in more than 300 schools and youth groups in Kent, Essex and Greater London, in an effort to keep them away from the line.
Trains on the route between the Channel Tunnel and St Pancras can reach speeds of up to 186mph, more than twice the speed of most domestic rail services in the region.
Anne-Marie Batson, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “It is madness for young people to play on any railway line, but owing to the fact the high-speed trains are bigger, faster and quieter, we have developed this initiative to highlight some of the specific dangers associated with them.
“We hope that by getting these messages across we can help prevent a needless tragedy.”
Ben Ruse from High Speed 1, which owns this stretch of railway, said: “In an environment where you have a unique combination of 800-tonne trains doing over 80 metres per second with power lines that are carrying 25,000 volts, there would be no chance of survival if you come into contact with either of them.”
CCTV image taken from a train driver’s cab: A young man narrowly avoids being hit by a train going at full speed when he stumbles on the track while trespassing
Ch Supt Mark Newton of British Transport Police with the No Messin’! DVD