Stop messin’ about on high-speed line

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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

Pic­ture: Nick John­son PD1550816

Ch Supt Mark New­ton of Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice with the No Messin’! DVD

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