Monday 11 Dec 2017
Christmas comes early for rail safety poster winners
Three lucky children took a festive train trip with Santa on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways on Sunday [10 December] after winning a rail safety poster competition organised by Network Rail’s local level crossing team.
The posters highlight the dangers of texting and listening to music whilst using level crossings and will be used at local stations to make sure people know the danger of being distracted near the railway.
Almost 100 children from three schools entered the competition, which was judged by Phillip Caldwell, level crossing manager, Clare Britton, commercial manager for the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Heritage Railways, and her daughter Annie, who has worked as a PCSO for the British Transport Police.
Arriva Trains Wales has also organised family trips to Aberystwyth and Llandudno for the second and third prize winners.
Phillip Caldwell, level crossing manager for Network Rail, Wales and Borders, who organised the competition, said: “We have the safest railway in Europe and getting people home safe every day is a key priority.
“It is essential that children learn how to use level crossings safely, and we work hard with our partners Arriva Trains Wales and Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway to educate young people on the importance of rail safety.
“It was great to see so many pupils engage in the competition, and the winning designs show just how important it is to take extra care and make sure you are not distracted near the railway.”
Paul Lewin, general manager for Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, said: “It is really good to be working with our colleagues at Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales to highlight this very important safety message.
“We have many level crossings on our railway and safety is paramount in our organisation so anything we can do to raise awareness is great!”
The competition was also organised in partnership with Cambrian Railway Partnership, with additional prizes provided by the Welsh Books Council.
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.