BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE, is urging parents and carers across Wales and the borders areas to warn children and young people of the dangers of trespassing over summer holiday period.
As schools close, officers want to remind children and young people of the dangers of being trackside and not to make train tracks their playground.
The rail network operates 24 hours a day with passenger services and freight, with trains travelling at very high speeds. Part of the network is also electrified, conducting 25,000 volts of electricity that can jump from overhead lines. All these aspects make for an extremely dangerous environment that can easily leave people with devastating life changing injuries, or even result in death.
BTP Wales and Borders Superintendent, Andrew Morgan, said: “Many young people look at the railway as an exciting place to be, but the absolute opposite is true. Those people who work and operate across the network are highly skilled and undertake ongoing training because the environment can be a deadly place and I would urge all parents and carers to have conversations with their loved ones about this. It’s also important to remember that trespassing on the rail network is not only dangerous but illegal – and we always take legal action when we can.
“During the summer holiday period, we will increase our patrols, looking proactively for those breaking the law. I would urge any member of the public who witnesses anyone trespassing to let us know by texting or calling us. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
TfW Safety, Sustainability and Risk Director Leyton Powell said: “It’s never ever worth taking a risk by trespassing, not only is it illegal it can result in significant injury or loss. Whether you’re playing with friends, taking a short cut or taking healthy exercise, please don’t do this on or near a railway line. Trains can approach quickly and silently and must be treated with respect. If you’re out with friends or your children are going out for the day, please do the right thing and remind them to stay safe too.”
People can contact BTP via text on 61016, by downloading the Railway Guardian App or by calling 0800 40 50 40. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.