Wednesday 3 Jan 2018
'Flying' trampolines trigger plea to line-side residents to secure garden items
- London North Western
Householders living next to the railway were today urged to secure their outdoor belongings after two trampolines were blown on to tracks by Storm Eleanor overnight.
Network Rail staff, alerted by train crews, found two trampolines near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire late last night. The items were shifted off the track and tethered for safe removal at daybreak.
Mark Killick, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “It is incredible to think that a trampoline could fly through the air on to the railway but here we have not one but two at the same location.
“This is an ongoing problem for us which poses an obvious safety hazard and inconvenience to passengers.
“We would appeal to people living by the railway to ensure items such as trampolines, gazebos, marquees and tents are tethered, so they don’t end up on the railway during high winds.”
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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.
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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.