Wednesday 8 Oct 2003

NETWORK RAIL STATEMENT FOR BBC LONDON REGARDING FOOT CROSSINGS

Region & Route:
National
We cannot possibly hope to understand the anguish and heartache caused by losing a child. This was a terribly tragic event and nothing we can do will bring Sophie back. Any interface with the railway, be it a vehicular or pedestrian crossing, is potentially dangerous if not treated with as much caution and respect as a busy road. The rail industry works tirelessly to educate children to the dangers of playing on and around the railway. School visits, live plays, holiday campaigns, literature, radio advertising, football in the community, video productions are just some of the methods employed. Safety remains Network Rail’s top priority and moves to make crossings safer are to be welcomed. For our own part we would, wherever possible, try to separate vehicles and pedestrians from crossing the railway through closing crossings and helping local authorities to install footbridges and road bridges. This strategy, to separate the railway from the public to deliver improved safety, continues.

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