– Dave Ward, Network Rail
Too many people think they would hear a train in time to move clear - tragically we know this isn't the case.
The sound of a train approaching is much quieter than you would imagine with the wheels pushing noise out sidewards rather than forwards and distorting what you hear.
Trespass is just not a risk worth taking and so we hope that Wretch and George can help get across this message and reduce the number of incidents we see each year.
A survey reveals that despite most agreeing it's dangerous to trespass on the tracks:
- A third of people (32%) think they would hear a train in time to move out of the way
- This increases to more than half (51%) of 16-24-year-old males
Source: Test Tracks survey
- London is Britain's busiest railway region
- Around 9,000 trains run every day
- 27 people have lost their lives trespassing over the last five years
Source: Network Rail
– Wretch 32, rapper
I've got 97% hearing, so should have a good idea of where sound is coming from.
As soon as I stepped into the Track Test simulator and the normal sounds you'd expect to hear when you're on the tracks, like traffic noise, are added, I didn't make it across in time.
No matter how much confidence you've got in your hearing and speed, when you're in the dark and a train is coming towards you at 80mph, confidence is not enough to get you across safely.
London rapper Wretch 32 has put his hearing to the test in a unique experiment as part of a new Network Rail safety campaign aimed at young men.
The video shows Wretch 32 and spoken word performer George the Poet battle to make a split second decision, relying only on their hearing to work out which direction a train is coming from as it travels towards them at 80mph in the dark.
Find out what happened here.
A police operation is underway to try and minimise disruption on the rail network targeting the biggest causes, including trespass. As part of the campaign Network Rail has released video of young boys running across rail tracks in north London.
The video shows a group of youngsters at Mill Hill station in north London running from a train onto a platform and then across two railway lines onto another platform. One youth drops his bag on the track and returns to retrieve it. The group was never caught.