BTP holding preventable railway suicide conference

British Transport Police, along with Samaritan volunteers, are holding a conference in Coventry today to talk about what more can be done to reduce the number of preventable suicides on railways.

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VIDEO: Train driver says rail suicides are 'devastating'

A train driver says it is a 'devastating experience' for anybody who comes to work and is involved in a fatality.

It comes ahead of conference being held in the region today on the growing number of suicides on railways.

You can watch the interview with Andy Botham, train driver and ASLEF union rep, here:

BTP holding preventable railway suicide conference

British Transport Police, along with Samaritan volunteers, are holding a conference in Coventry today to talk about what more can be done to reduce the number of preventable suicides on railways.

A stock photo of a train Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Official figures show there have already been 279 suicides or suspected suicides on the rail network this year.

Network Rail is undertaking a series of trials, including installing calming blue lights on platforms. Sensors will also be added near the platform edges which will be triggered when someone gets too close.

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