Children playing on tracks leads to safety warnings
Shocking new images of children sitting, lying down and playing on a level crossing in Wing, Rutland have prompted warnings from officials urging people to stay safe at level crossings.
The shocking images come just over a month after Network Rail issued a warning of the dangers of messing around on level crossings after CCTV footage showed people taking selfies at Matlock Bath level crossing.
With the summer school holidays in full swing, Network Rail and British Transport Police are urging parents to speak to their children about the dangers of playing on level crossings and make sure they know how to stay safe near and on the railway.
Vicki Beadle, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “This latest incident of misuse shows a complete disregard for safety.
“Level crossings are there to keep you safe and we cannot stress enough the danger children are putting themselves in when they choose to misuse a level crossing.
“The railway is not a playground and we would urge parents to speak to their children about how to keep safe at level crossings, stations and when using the railway.
“Trains travel on this line at speeds of up to 60mph and would have devastating and long lasting consequences for anyone who gets in their way.”
British Transport Police Inspector Jacqueline Wilson said: “There are numerous dangers on the railway track, we can’t stress enough the risk you are taking when you step on to the line.
“We need to work together with local communities, schools, families, parents to make sure our children understand the severity of what they are doing - it can take a matter of seconds for a life to be destroyed.”
While Britain still has the safest rail network in Europe, level crossings are one of the biggest public safety risks on the railway.
In the last five years there have been more than 2,000 incidents on level crossings involving young people.
Since the incident, Network Rail and British Transport Police have installed new warning posters nearby and is carrying out a review of the crossing. Anyone wanting more information should visit www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/level-crossing-safety/