Wednesday 18 Jul 2007


Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia
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Chelmsford West MP Simon Burns met Network Rail's Safety Education Team this week to learn about the company's No Messin' Live! event in Chelmsford next month, which aims to raise awareness of railway safety amongst young people by giving them ideas about positive ways to spend their time, rather than play on the railway. Hundreds of young people across Essex will have the opportunity to take part in a host of free activities as part of Network Rail's No Messin' Live! event at King Edward VI Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford on 15-16 August (11am-4pm). The event is free for all young people aged between 9-16 years old and activities include skate ramps, surf machines, motorcycling, magic skills, bungee running, DJ lessons and a steel drum band. Twelve No Messin' Live! events are taking place throughout the summer holidays across the UK. They are backed by boxing hero Amir Khan who is launching the campaign on 24 July in London. The No Messin' campaign isn't just for the holidays. Network Rail has a team of dedicated Railway Crime Education Managers working closely with other parts of the railway industry, offering railway safety information and visiting schools, young offending teams, youth clubs and local authorities throughout the UK.

Notes to editors

DID YOU KNOW? - Up to 60 people are killed on the railway each year by taking short cuts or messing around on the tracks! - Trains travel at up to 125mph and can take the length of 20 football pitches to stop! - It takes up to 25,000 volts of electricity to power trains through the rails and overhead lines. It’s always switched on and can even jump through the air to get to you. If you get too close it can kill – you don’t even have to touch anything to get killed!

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