Stay safe during the festive season: Transport police urging merry rail travellers to take care

Footage showing how drunk passengers are putting themselves at risk at stations across the Thames Valley has been released by British Transport Police.

It's part of joint campaign with Network Rail encouraging passengers to take care over the festive period.

The number of people injured in alcohol related incidents around railway tracks and stations have increased by 30 per cent in the last 10 years.

The network can be a dangerous environment...people need to have an awareness and be sensible about the amount of alcohol they consume."

Insp Scott Hargreave, British Transport Police

Officers are keen to point out that the damage and disruption caused by someone falling on the tracks doesn't just affect the individual.

The pile up of trains behind a service forced to stop and affect a number of journeys, causing serious disruption.

Credit: British Transport Police

When out and about this Christmas, make sure to stay safe when near the railway, in stations and at level crossings and don't be afraid to ask for help. Our staff want to make sure that everyone gets home safe everyday whether that's today, tomorrow, or after your Christmas party."

Network Rail spokesperson

BTP said that everyone shown captured on CCTV escaped with only minor injuries.

But with the risk of injury being so high, they're stressing that they want people to have fun, without overdoing it.