Thursday 18 May 2017
Flying Scotsman fans urged to stay safe as famous loco visits Wales
Fans of the famous Flying Scotsman are being urged to keep off the tracks when the steam engine travels through Wales this week.
As well as the danger from passing trains, the railway poses many threats to safety and anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the iconic train should only do so from a safe and a publicly accessible area.
Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail Wales, said: “While the turnout to see the Flying Scotsman on previous visits shows the passion and support for steam engines, and indeed the railway itself, I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to go on or near the railway without any formal training and without permission. We are working with our partners at Arriva Trains Wales and British Transport Police to ensure people are not venturing into dangerous areas.”
Inspector Dai Davies from British Transport Police said: “I would like to remind people that trespassing on the tracks is an offence. We understand people are excited about seeing the Flying Scotsman and want them to have a safe, great day out. We are urging those who plan to enjoy seeing the Flying Scotsman, to do so from a safe position and do not go onto the railway under any circumstances”
Notes to editors
- To avoid the potential for overcrowding at certain locations, Network Rail will not be proactively issuing timings for Flying Scotsman journeys
- For more information about Flying Scotsman visit www.flyingscotsman.org.uk
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