Tuesday 30 Nov 2004
HARD HITTING SAFETY MESSAGE
- Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Network Rail continues to drive home the safety message as it campaigns to reduce crime on the railway. Hard hitting leaflets highlighting the dangers of trespass and vandalism on or near the railway, will drop through the letter boxes of more than xxx households in Kirkcaldy this week.
Kirkcaldy remains a problem area
Ron McAulay, Route Director, Scotland said: “We are committed to delivering a safe railway and therefore it is vital that we get the message across about the dangers of going on the railway line. Taking short cuts or causing damage to the railway is a criminal offence and more importantly puts lives at risk, not only to those committing an offence but to passengers and staff.
“Our campaign is directed at parents, teachers, community groups and rail passengers in an attempt to stop people going on the railway line. It is not a playground or a shortcut and we would appeal to people to be vigilant and report anyone trespassing or vandalising the railway. Anyone with information regarding offences should call the British Transport Police on the freephone number
0800 40 50 40.
Each leaflet stress the dangers of using the railway as a short cut and the consequences of causing criminal damage to railway property. They also give simple instructions on personal safety when on a train or in a station, as well as useful advice on how to keep children safe by warning them of the dangers.
Network Rail faces annual costs of more than £140 million in Scotland due to mindless acts of trespass and vandalism, This undermines its commitment to renewing and rebuilding a railway safe for all passengers and employees.
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