Thursday 29 Sep 2016
“No Excuses”: Network Rail appeals to students to stay safe on the railway
Network Rail has appealed to students at Brockenhurst College to stay safe when near or using the railway, during a special safety day held at the college today (Thursday, 29 September).
The ‘No Excuses’ session came as Network Rail revealed startling figures for the amount of railway misuse taking place in the region, with 1 in 10 Southampton residents admitting to using their phone while using a level crossing, and more than a sixth of Bournemouth residents admitting to doing the same.
Lindsay Melbourne, community safety manager at Network Rail said, “The event is designed to get everyone thinking about small changes they can make to be safer on the railway. This can include anything from taking out their headphones, not texting or using their phone while using a level crossing and not trespassing on the railways. Often we can take our own safety for granted and think we are aware of the risk around us, but while on our phones or when distracted that simply isn’t the case.
“In 2014/15 there were 43 accidental deaths, nearly 300 major injuries and many more minor injuries that could have been avoided on the railways in Britain. I want to draw attention to the risks at level crossing and the dangers when trespassing on the railway, in the hope that we can all help to reduce the number of passenger and public injuries and deaths.
“We are investing more than £100m to improve level crossing safety across Britain but we also need everyone who uses level crossings to do their bit too. By avoiding distractions, paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and staying alert we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way.”
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.