Parents and carers urged to warn children about dangers of trespassing on railway tracks

British Transport Police (BTP) is urging parents and carers to warn children and young people of the dangers of trespassing after several incidents in Scotland.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Parents and carers are being urged to warn children of the dangers of trespassing as the Easter holidays approach
Parents and carers are being urged to warn children of the dangers of trespassing as the Easter holidays approach

The incidents include children playing on the railway line near Port Elphinstone, Inverurie and Boat of Kintore in North Aberdeenshire, and have prompted BTP to reinforce awareness around the dangers of the railway.

BTP Inspector Bryan O’Neill said: “The railway is full of hidden dangers.

" Too many times we have seen the tragic consequences of young people ignoring the warnings about trespassing on the railway and taking risks that have resulted in terrible injuries or death, so it’s vital that parents play their part and ensure they know where their children are and what they are up to.

Passengers continue to be our eyes and ears and they can help us by reporting crimes and concerns by texting 61016.”

Mark Henderson, Network Rail senior community engagement manager, said: “Trespassing on the railway can result in life-changing or even fatal injuries.

"We work closely with the British Transport Police to educate young people about the dangers on the railway and would urge the public to keep well off the tracks.”

Aberdeenshire East SNP candidate Gillian Martin has welcomed calls from the British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail.

She said: “I am pleased by the response of the British Transport Police, Network Rail and Police Scotland regarding a number of incidents in recent months.

“I am pleased the children involved in the incident last month were tracked and they were able to get to safety.

“The safety of children is paramount, and I am grateful that further messaging has been put out calling for parents to discuss these issues with those they care for.”

She added: “As the nights continue to become lighter for longer, it’s important we ensure children aren’t tempted to go onto tracks and put themselves in danger.”

BTP and Network Rail run a hard-hitting safety campaign, You Vs Train, which highlights the devastating consequences that trespassi ng on the railway can have.

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