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:

  • Dangers of trespassImproving security across the network and using covert surveillance to catch offenders.
  • Going into schools to warn children of the dangers of trespassing.
  • 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 trespassing.

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