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Warnings about kids playing on the railway during outbreak

Warnings about kids playing on the railway during outbreak

Published by David Dunning at 2:38pm 23rd March 2020.

Network Rail says parents and carers in North Yorkshire must hammer home railway safety messages as schools across Britain close.

  • Incidents spike when children aren't at school 
  • There were 27 cases of trespass in Northallerton last year 
  • More than 13,500 incidents happen on the network each year 
  • Parents are being reminded to tell kids to keep off the tracks 

Incidents of trespass on the railway always spike when children are not at school, so parents are urged to remind their children to keep off the tracks as trespassing on the railway is incredibly dangerous and can have horrendous consequences for children and their families.

Last year, there were 27 recorded instances of trespass in Northallerton alone.

More than 13,500 trespass incidents occur on the rail network each year, a quarter of which involve youths.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail said:

“I’m really, really worried that the railway will become an irresistible but catastrophic playground for too many children.

Each year, we see hundreds of people taking risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries.

Please talk to your children, access our free school railway safety lessons and help us to help save young people as we know all too well that that everyone loses when you step on the track.”

Network Rail and British Transport Police run a hard-hitting safety campaign – You Vs Train, which highlights the devasting consequences of trespassing on the railway.

With the early closure of schools, the organisations are offering parents the opportunity to sign up for free online tutorials of the You vs Train railway safety lessons, which are normally broadcast into schools via their educational partner LearnLive;

visit https://learnliveuk.com/trespass-awareness-week/ for more details.

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Important messages for parents and carers to share with children:

The rail network is never switched off. Electricity powers the overhead cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The rail network does not go to sleep,

Freight and some passengers trains run all through the night.

Never anticipate that you know when the next train is due.

The reduced number of passenger trains running on the network during the day will allow more freight services to operate during the daytime hours, transporting vital goods around the country.

A freight train can travel at up to 100mph