Think it's fun to play on the railway or OK to take a shortcut
along the tracks? Think again. This CCTV footage shows the shocking
reality of trespass.
In the last 10 years, almost 170 people have lost their lives
trespassing on the railway. Almost half of those killed were under
the age of 25.
Most trespassers say taking a shortcut was their main
motivation, followed by thrill-seeking. But walking along or
messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing
injuries or death.
We’re doing all we can to keep people safe by patrolling areas
we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so.
We’re also working closely with Network Rail and train operators to
reduce trespass by:
- Improving security across the network and
using covert surveillance to catch offenders.
- Going into schools to warn children of the dangers of
- Putting up posters and signs at trespass hotspots to deter
people from going on the tracks.
But we cannot tackle this issue alone. That is why we are urging
parents and young people to take a reality check when it comes to
trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks, with real trains
and real life consequences.
You can help us drive down trespass by talking to your children
about the dangers of going on the tracks and making sure you get
home safely. Don’t let your door be the one we knock on to say your
loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of
drivers story: Listen to Dave talk about a near-miss in
Birmingham and the effect it had on him.