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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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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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