Kentish Express Ashford & District

Railway warning over increase in trespassin­g cases

Maintenanc­e trains still running on closed line

- By Sam Williams swilliams@thekmgroup. co.uk

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway bosses are urging people to keep off the tracks following a rise in the number of trespasser­s.

The warning comes amid a number of recent cases at the popular tourist attraction, which is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictio­ns.

But staff say people walking across the tracks remains “dangerous” as maintenanc­e trains are still running.

A warning on Facebook from the company reads: “Trespasser­s beware.

“We’re extremely disappoint­ed to report an increase in trespasser­s on the railway.

“Diligent neighbours as well as our on-site teams have been reporting a number of trespasser­s.

“Please note that the railway is not a footpath and that maintenanc­e trains are still running.”

The warning included a picture of three people walking

across the railway.

The post continued: “The photo of trespasser­s on the tracks has been shared by the trespasser and has more than 90,000 likes - people who may not know that this is dangerous.

“It’s sad that this isn’t our usual cheerful post and usually we’d welcome visitors but this must be done in a safe manner in approved areas.”

The RHDR, which opened in 1927, runs along 13.5 miles of track from Hythe to Dungeness and has five stations in-between.

The one-third full size steam and diesel locomotive­s attracts visitors from all over the world, earning the attraction a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdviso­r.

This is not the first time a train firm has warned people to be careful on tracks.

Last month, Network Rail reminded drivers to watch for and stop when red warning lights are displayed at automatic half barrier crossings.

It came after a car narrowly avoided being hit by a passing train.

 ??  ?? A trespass warning has been issued by Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway bosses
A trespass warning has been issued by Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway bosses
 ??  ?? A 2010 archive photo shows the snow plough at work
A 2010 archive photo shows the snow plough at work

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