Tuesday 10 Oct 2017
Chelmsford students quiz Network Rail’s safety manager in school radio session
Students from Moulsham High School in Chelmsford interviewed Network Rail’s safety Manager on the school’s radio station yesterday (Monday 9 October) in a unique educational safety session.
A handful of students took to the airwaves to pose questions to Ryan Ackerman, Network Rail’s community safety manager, for a news piece that will go out to the whole school at lunch and break times throughout the week on the school’s radio station, MHS Radio.
The interview was part of an assembly session for students in years seven, eight and nine that warned them about the dangers of trespassing on the railway and encouraged them to use stations and level crossings safely.
The event was coupled with a short session about careers as part of Rail Week, to inspire students to think about the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available across the rail sector.
The top three questions from the interview are available in this soundbite:
Ryan Ackerman, Network Rail’s community safety manager for Anglia, said: “This was a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers on the railway that many students just don’t realise exist or think don’t apply to them. I was able to talk to them about risks at stations and level crossings and provide some hard-hitting and real life reminders of why it’s so important for students to stay safe.”
Miss Mead, head of school at Moulsham High School, said: “We are extremely grateful to Network Rail for raising our students’ awareness of how to stay safe when near railways. The safety of our students both inside and outside of school is always our main priority and these sessions have been invaluable.”
Parents can also teach their children how to stay safe on the railway with this information: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/safety-education/information-for-parents/
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.