Live broadcasts maximise safety education reach

Network Rail is using live broadcasts to teach even more young people about safety ahead of its latest campaign about dangers on and near the railway.

About 100,000 young people in classrooms across Britain are expected to have taken part in live interactive broadcasts by Network Rail by the summer holidays.

Network Rail has partnered with Learn Live to provide the sessions, which launched in February and have included a broadcast from Birmingham New Street as part of Rail Safety Week (2 to 8 July).

Learn Live produces broadcasts to schools and colleges on behalf of organisations including the BBC, the National Health Service and technology company IBM. The content ranges from health awareness to recruitment opportunities and careers advice.

Network Rail is using its broadcasts to provide education about electric railway lines, level crossings and general railway safety. During the sessions, participants can ask Network Rail staff questions directly.

The sessions have come as the company has reached a major milestone in safety education - it has taught more than 40,000 children in Wales and the Borders about railway safety in less than three years.

Teaching hundreds of young people every day

Nick Jordan, a project manager at Network Rail who has been heavily involved with the initiative, said: “Many young people use the railway for travel to school and in their own time, or live close by, and it’s essential we help them know how to use the railway safely.

“Those who don’t could find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and at serious risk of causing harm to themselves and others.

“The interactive live broadcast… means we can reach hundreds of students every day, making sure more young people are educated.”

Easy to use

The technology is free to schools and colleges. All broadcasts can be viewed via interactive whiteboards or projectors using web browsers on existing laptops, PCs or via an app on tablet devices.

Learn Live has delivered more than 350 live broadcasts to more than 400,000 young people since its launch in 2015.

For more information on rail safety for young people visit our safety education page.

Find out more about our railway safety campaigns.