Friday 6 Jul 2018
Key milestone reached in delivering vital rail safety message to school children across Wales and the Borders
Over 40,000 children from 1,000 schools across Wales and the Borders have received vital rail safety education in under three years.
Network Rail reached this key milestone last week during sessions delivered to school children across the Vale of Glamorgan, organised as part of the Crucial Crew safety initiative, which first partnered with Network Rail in October 2015.
The number of trespass and railway incidents in the Vale of Glamorgan are some of highest of all the counties across the Wales and Borders. Between April 2017 and March 2018, there have been 44 railway incidents, 33 of these were trespass incidents.
Emily Coughlin, community safety manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We’re so pleased to have reached this key milestone and to have shared our crucial rail safety message with so many young people.
“The Crucial Crew sessions are fun and interactive, so we really engage with young people and drive home these extremely important safety messages.
“As the railway continues to get busier we continue to work even harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist. Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”
The Crucial Crew sessions are currently being hosted for schools across Neath and Port Talbot as Network Rail Wales continues its work and commitment to delivering vital rail safety education to young people.
This milestone comes just in time for Rail Safety Week, an industry-led initiative focusing on rail safety for all, which runs from 2 to 8 July.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.