As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we’re working harder to make everyone aware of the dangers of trespass.
Britain’s railway is the safest in Europe but too many people are still losing their lives on the tracks.
In fact alarming new figures released in spring 2017 show that trespass incidents are at a 10 year high. Trespassing on the railway is illegal and dangerous. You could be taken to court and face a £1000 fine. That's why we've launched our latest awareness campaign to tackle this worrying trend:
Reality check – real stories
Taking a shortcut, playing on the tracks or just picking up something mistakenly dropped from a platform can result in serious life-changing injuries or death. We’re committed to preventing accidents and deaths from trespass through our safety campaigns.
There were 22 trespasser fatalities in the year 2014/15 and 869 trespass injuries recorded over the same period. Sadly, there were almost double the amount of trespasser fatalities caused by electrocution than the previous year – 27 per cent. Being struck by trains is the biggest danger, accounting for 72 per cent of all trespasser fatalities over the last 10 years.
Tackling Track Safety
Through the Tackling Track Safety campaign we help communities understand that the railway is much more dangerous than many people realise.
We’ve produced new and fun ways to engage people in rail safety through a combination of sports-based education, community engagement and volunteering projects.
Our community safety team is regularly joined by special volunteers such as footballing legend Paul Scholes, who launched this campaign in 2015.
Summer of Safety
We run seasonal safety campaigns as we know that people are twice as likely to trespass on the tracks over summer due to the lengthier days and lighter evenings, with children on school holidays in particular potentially taking life-threatening risks.
We step up our safety campaigning over the school holidays and urge teachers and parents to use our specially developed resources to help young people stay safe.