A CCTV image showing a girl lying in the middle of a railroad tracks – where trains often run at 85 mph – was released as Network Rail called on children not to trespass on the tracks.
She appears to be looking at her phone, while another girl stands next to her at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex. last month.
Footage showing two boys walking on Bewbush tracks near Iffield, Crawley, has also been released to highlight the dangers and potentially serious consequences of trespassing on the tracks.
It comes after figures released in March showed there was a 40% increase in youth trespassing incidents in south-east London, Surrey and Sussex after COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions were lifted following the first nationwide lockdown.
Vincent van der Hoeven, Head of Road Quality, Safety, Health and Environment at Network Rail, said: “We really need to get the message out to children and their parents about the dangers of an intrusion on the track.
“We are working to get the message out in schools and on social media through our film ‘Parallel Lines’ and our campaign ‘You vs Train’.”
South East Road Community Safety Officer Nicola Dooris added: “Unfortunately, during the lockdown we saw an increase in the number of young people having fun on the railroad.
“On this section of track, trains often run at 85 mph and at this speed, unlike cars, trains can take hundreds of meters to stop, a fact that many young people don’t realize.
“Using CCTV like this, I am often able to track down young people and talk to them, and I would much rather do that than help our staff deal with the consequences of killing young people.”
The children, whose identities were disguised in the footage, were questioned by transport police officers, Network Rail said.
More information about this article Read More
This notice was published: 2021-06-08 12:00:00