Re­port train emer­gen­cies us­ing app

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins -

Net­work Rail has launched an app en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to raise the alarm if they see wor­ry­ing be­hav­iour in a bid to pre­vent rail tragedies.

The app, called Rail505.com, is de­signed to help pas­sen­gers re­port if they are con­cerned or feel some­one is at risk of harm.

The ser­vice will cover Kent and parts of south east Lon­don.

Ian Stevens, pro­gramme man­ager at Net­work Rail, said: “Pas­sen­gers are the eyes and ears of the rail­way and by mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate with us we can im­prove safety for ev­ery­body.

“As soon as we re­ceive a re­port, help will be sent to the per­son to find out more.

“We would pre­fer to be alerted to a sit­u­a­tion and find out noth­ing is wrong, than miss some­thing which might save a life.”

Re­ports made through Rail505. com will be kept con­fi­den­tial and peo­ple us­ing it don’t have to reg­is­ter or leave any con­tact de­tails.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice In­spec­tor Pippa Smith said: “It is a great way for pas­sen­gers to re­port and take ac­tion if they are con­cerned about some­one on or near the rail­way.”

The Rail505.com is a trial app and will run un­til Au­gust 5.

Af­ter this, Net­work Rail will eval­u­ate the num­ber of re­ports re­ceived, and the ef­fect they had. If suc­cess­ful, the app will con­tinue and could be rolled out na­tion­ally.

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