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The railway is not a playground

Respecting and understanding the dangers of the railway is an essential lesson for young people. Trespassing on the railway is a hazard that Network Rail has to deal with every day, as many people, especially children and young adults, underestimate the risks associated with playing around tracks, stations and level crossings.

Back in June, the BTP issued a serious warning after a teen was almost killed trespassing at a Bescot depot. And now, Network Rail has released its own image after discovering shocking CCTV footage of young people failing to use the crossing safely.

To tackle the issue, NR decided to close the crossing, in Rossington, Doncaster, from 3 June to 8 October to minimise the risk of any other children going on to the crossing.

“The photos are deeply worrying,” said Vicki Beadle, the organisation’s community safety manager. “This crossing lies on the East Coast Main Line and sees almost 200 trains a day pass over it, which can travel at speeds of up to 125mph.”

During the closure, the infrastructure owner will also go around schools in the area to educate young people about using level crossings.

“As well as the high frequency and speeds of the trains, the crossing also has overhead line equipment, which carries 25,000 volts of electricity and would deliver a powerful electric shock to anyone coming into contact with the wires,” Beadle continued.

“The railway is not a playground and it’s vital that users treat crossings with the respect they deserve. We will be visiting schools and colleges in the area to highlight how important it is to follow safety warnings at level crossings, but we can’t do this until schools return in September.

“This closure will be in place until October, but, as the summer holidays continue, we are asking parents to make sure they know where their children are playing, as well as informing them on how to stay safe on the railway.”

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GREEN TWYFORD   11/08/2017 at 19:25

Children are having danger taken away by the vast number of health and safety do not do situations, so when there is real danger, at level crossings etc, they just do not understand. Also the number of pop group CDs and other advertising that display stars standing on old branch lines makes the problem worse. Personally, I would like to see all crossings removed where the line speed is in excess of 25mph. If this means building bridges in steel for farm crossings, or foot bridges, so be it. If that just saves one life it would be worth it.

Andrew Gwilt   13/08/2017 at 02:28

Of course its NOT A PLAYGROUND! But there are some stupid people out there who don't really know the dangers trespassing onto the railway. Not just because most railway lines in the UK are not electrified whilst other railway lines are electrified (with 25kv AC Overhead Line and 750v DC 3rd Rail). But its also trains that do travel at high speed are also dangerous (as most trains do travel between 60-100mph on most lines (50-60mph on branch lines) and 100-125mph on major lines such as the West Coast Main Line, East Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line, Great Western Main Line and 100-140mph on the High Speed 1 line). And that is why most level crossings are to close to reduce fatalities on the railways in the UK with new footbridges and foot-tunnels to be built to make it safer and easier.

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