Rail chiefs warn against trespass

Rail bosses have warned passengers, particularly young men, against crossing the railway after 41 people were hit by trains last year when trying to walk across the tracks.

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Video of boys crossing the tracks released

Newtork Rail have released video of young boys running across the railways a bid to keep passengers on the platform and off the tracks.

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.


Trains 'surprisingly silent' warns transport police

Modern trains are "very fast" and "often surprisingly silent" warned the British Transport Police.

Chief Superintendent Miles Flood was speaking as part of a campaign to prevent people from crossing the tracks, after 41 people died trespassing on Britain's railways last year.

Billions of pounds have been invested to give us a fast, modern rail network. Trains are very fast and often surprisingly silent, particularly if you are not paying attention.

We spend thousands of police hours combating trespass to keep people safe and minimise disruption to the network. If this campaign can prevent one British Transport Police officer having to tell someone that their loved one has been killed or maimed, it will be worth it.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Miles Flood, British Transport Police

Rail bosses warn people to get off the tracks

Clapham Junction (above) is one of the busiest rail stations in the UK. Credit: PA

Rail chiefs are pleading with young people - particularly men - not to cross the tracks at stations, after 41 people died last year trespassing on the railway.

Over the last year 270 people have lost their lives crossing the railways tracks, with 16-24 year old males making up four out of 10 fatalities.

Fatalities occurred at both railways and stations.

A survey carried out as part of the campaign to keep people from trespassing, called Track Tests, revealed even though most people agree it is dangerous to cross the tracks, a third (32%) think they would hear an oncoming train in time.

However, 16-24 year old males were more confident and just over half (51%) thought they would hear the train coming if they were on the tracks.

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