Wednesday 11 Jun 2003


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
Cut crime on the railways - that is the message being given to radio listeners in the Bristol area as part of a campaign by Network Rail and partners of the National Route Crime Group to draw attention to railway crime.             The six radio adverts being played on Vibe FM are among a series of measures being taken to tie in with the National Railway Crime Week, which runs from June 15 to 22. Adverts warn against graffiti, using the track as a short-cut and throwing things at trains – all everyday occurrences around the country. Also, as part of the week of activities, the ‘eye-in-the-sky’ helicopter will be at the 999 Lifeskills event on June 18 in the West of England showground at Shepton Mallet. Although stationary, the helicopter will enable children to see how Network Rail tries to crack down on railway crime. Also there will be the Incident Command Vehicle – called out for reported railway crime –and Network Rail staff will run an information stand and give out leaflets to visitors. British Transport Police representatives will also be there. Bristol and Cardiff are the areas worst affected by railway crime in the Great Western region and National Railway Crime Week is aimed at drawing attention to the human and financial cost. There will be a poster campaign at Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads stations highlighting railway crime and its consequences. -more- Railway crime - 2 Other measures, which happen throughout the year, include: ·        A link up with Bristol Rovers FC, where the community team delivers an anti-railway crime message when they visit schools for coaching sessions ·        A scheme with Glamorgan County Cricket Club, where cricket coaching for youngsters is linked to an anti-railway crime message ·        Operation Skyhawk – the helicopter which regularly patrols the skies above the Great Western region looking for offenders ·        On-going programme of fencing improvements ·        Use of CCTV at crime hot spots Paul Denton, Network Rail’s route crime manager, said: “Action is being taken throughout the year to tackle the problem of railway crime, the majority of which is perpetrated by young people. By holding a second annual National Railway Crime Week we get the chance to highlight this problem and ask members of the public to help us combat it – either by reporting incidents to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or by thinking twice before they do something themselves, such as trespassing on the track.” National measures being taken include leaflets being sent out to every primary and secondary school asking them to reinforce the railway safety message to children.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office -Western route

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: