Wednesday 13 Dec 2017
Network Rail warns Northamptonshire youngsters of dangers of electrified railway
Network Rail held workshops in two Northamptonshire schools to highlight the dangers of playing on railway lines as new overhead line equipment is installed.
The workshops took place at Rushden Academy and Kingswood Secondary Academy as the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which will see the line electrified from Bedford to Kettering and Corby, continues work in the area.
During the sessions, the children learn all about the dangers of 25,000 volt overhead line equipment and the devastating consequences that this can have. The youngsters also develop ideas for a safety film - which will be produced next year by Network Rail and shown to other teenagers to further spread the message.
In addition to visiting the schools, Network Rail will launch an extensive marketing campaign in the New Year with adverts placed in newspapers and on radio. We will also be writing to all schools and lineside neighbours close to sections of the railway which are being electrified to help people stay safe.
Vicki Beadle, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail, said: “Safety is our top priority and these workshops have done a fantastic job at highlighting the very real dangers of playing on the railway.
“The workshops focused on electrical safety and the overhead line equipment which is used to power trains. Once installed, electrified wires are always switched on – even when there are no trains passing. They carry 25,000 volts of electricity, which can be fatal.
“We felt it was important to offer the students a chance to share their experiences and feed ideas into our new safety film, which needs to be authentic and communicate the dangers to this hard to reach audience.”
Sam Harris, Head of Year at Rushden Academy, said: “The workshops provided students with a real insight into the dangers of playing on the railway and particularly focused on the new overhead line equipment which is being installed locally.
“The workshops gave students an opportunity to express their opinions and personal views, as well as a chance to develop skills such as creativity, teamwork and the qualities required to present in front of people. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops.”
Network Rail will be visiting two more schools in the New Year, as well as a Scouts group.
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.