Over 50,000 children from 1,000 schools across Wales and the Borders have received vital rail safety education in under three years.

Over 11,000 pupils in West Wales* have benefitted from the sessions, in areas including Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.

Network Rail partnered with the Crucial Crew safety initiative in 2015 and has since been delivering sessions to school children across Wales and Borders. Crucial Crew delivers life-saving safety and personal, social, health and economic workshops to 10-12-year olds across Wales.

Emily Coughlin, community safety manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We’re so pleased to have reached this key milestone and to have shared our crucial rail safety message with so many young people.

“The Crucial Crew sessions are fun and interactive, so we really engage with young people and drive home these extremely important safety messages.

“As the railway continues to get busier we continue to work even harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist. Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”

Lucy Johns, teacher at Sketty Primary School in Swansea said: “An important and informative message delivered in a dynamic and engaging way. It’s given us all something to think about regarding the dangers on our railways.”

“The Crucial Crew sessions are currently being hosted for schools across Wales and Borders as Network Rail continues its work and commitment to delivering vital rail safety education to young people.”