Rail in­dus­try launches sum­mer anti-tres­pass cam­paign

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

The rail in­dus­try has launched a ma­jor new cam­paign to re­duce tres­pass, with new fig­ures re­leased by Net­work Rail re­veal­ing that more than a quar­ter of teenagers be­have in ways that could en­dan­ger their life on the rail­way.

NR claims that the num­ber of young peo­ple tak­ing risks on the rail­way has risen by al­most 80% in the past five years, with seven un­der-18s killed and a fur­ther 48 re­ceiv­ing life-chang­ing in­juries in the past 12 months.

On the West Coast Main Line be­tween Lon­don and Carlisle alone, NR says there have been 1,957 in­ci­dents of young peo­ple risk­ing their lives on tracks since 2014.

In fur­ther find­ings from NR’s re­search:

■ One in ten teenagers ad­mit­ted to walk­ing along live rail­way lines, with 42% do­ing so in the last year.

■ Just un­der a third of un­der-18s sur­veyed say they don’t be­lieve there are risks of se­vere burns as a re­sult of elec­tro­cu­tion by over­head cate­nary.

■ 15% think it is safe to walk on rail­way tracks if you check a timetable to make sure there are no trains com­ing.

■ Al­most a fifth be­lieve that it is ‘rel­a­tively safe’ to re­trieve an item dropped on the tracks as long as you leave again straight­away.

The find­ings were re­leased just as schools in Eng­land broke up for the sum­mer hol­i­days, which tra­di­tion­ally leads to a dou­bling of tres­pass in­ci­dents com­pared with win­ter months.

NR Head of Pub­lic and Pas­sen­ger Safety Alan Spence said: “Hun­dreds of peo­ple each year un­in­ten­tion­ally take on the rail­way and lose.

“This year we have al­ready seen a record num­ber of young peo­ple los­ing their life or be­ing in­jured on the track.

“The rail­way is full of both ob­vi­ous and hid­den dan­gers. The elec­tric­ity on the rail­way is al­ways on and al­ways dan­ger­ous.

“Trains can also travel up to 125mph, so even if a driver can see your child, they can’t stop in time and they can’t change di­rec­tion. Par­ents - please help us keep your chil­dren safe by ed­u­cat­ing them about what they take on when they step on the track.”

A short film en­act­ing the story of Tom Hub­bard, who was elec­tro­cuted and se­verely burned by over­head power ca­bles, is be­ing re­leased on so­cial me­dia and will be shown in cine­mas through­out the sum­mer.

The cam­paign is be­ing backed by the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice, and As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Robin Smith said: “We hope the cam­paign will help young peo­ple to un­der­stand the risks and help them to make the right de­ci­sion and stay away from rail­way lines.

“Equally, it will help them un­der­stand that bad de­ci­sions don’t just af­fect them, they will also have a deep and last­ing im­pact on their fam­i­lies and friends as well. This cam­paign is not just for our young peo­ple, but also their friends and fam­ily.”

The RSSB is also sup­port­ing the safety cam­paign.


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