Fears for children on railway lines
DEFIANT youngsters have been spotted dicing with death on the city’s railtracks just minutes away from Peterborough’s busy train station.
Children have been seen at least three times in the past fornight on the tracks near Fellowes Gardens, Fletton.
They are believed to have accessed the track via a decrepit garage which backs onto the lines.
The danger the youngsters face – as well as fears for trains and their passengers – has led worried Fellowes Garden resident Alan Clark (62) to alert the British Transport Police.
Mr Clark said: “They have managed to prise the door open on one of the garages, which backs onto the railway line and they have been getting onto the tracks through it. With school holidays only weeks away this problem could escalate.”
He said he was also concerned that bricks from a property being demolished on the street could be thrown onto the lines.
He added: “I worry that someone might use the bricks to throw onto the lines. These garages have been a problem for years and something needs to be done. “
Neighbourhood police sergeant Luke Coulson said they were aware of the situation and added: “We liaise with British Transport Police and Network Rail when people are seen on railway property.”
Cross Keys Homes’ head of neigh- bourhoods and communities, Joan Tibbs, said the housing association is working with residents.
She said: “Our contractors have made safe and secure the vandalised garages in Fellowes Gardens and further work is due next week.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is for residents to report repairs or vandalism to us”
Ward councillor Fran Benton said wants to hold crunch talks next week with partner agencies to address problems at Fellowes Gardens.
She said: “We are trying to work with residents to tackle these issues and I think progress is being made.
“But this is a worry if youngsters are getting onto the railway tracks. All it takes is a little one to follow them who does not realise the danger they could be in.”
CONCERNED: Fellowes Garden residents Alan Clark and Betty Bell at the neglected garages near the rail line.
WORK OF VANDALS: A cone on the line, shortly before being flattened by a train.