Thursday 24 Aug 2017
Steam train fans urged to stay safe this weekend when the Tornado returns to Anglia
Train fans are urged to stay safe and keep off the tracks this weekend when the iconic Tornado steam train makes its journey from Kings Cross to Great Yarmouth.
On its previous outing to the Anglia region on Saturday 12 August to mark the 150th anniversary of Walton railway station, train enthusiasts stood on the tracks to get the best photos, putting their lives at risk. Several trains were delayed because people were on the tracks, causing disruption for hundreds of passengers.
This week, Network Rail, Greater Anglia and the British Transport Police are urging people to stay safe and keep off the tracks when the steam train makes its next journey on Monday 28 August. Those who wish to take photographs should go to Great Yarmouth station where the BTP can facilitate this.
Stephen Webster from British Transport Police, shares his advice on how to enjoy the event safely in this short video.
Richard Tew, Network Rail’s head of safety for Anglia, said: “We understand that people will be excited to see the train, but it is incredibly disappointing when people choose to risk their lives and the lives of others by going onto the tracks to get a better view. The railway is dangerous and trespassers endanger their own safety and that of others. Trespassing also causes major disruption for passengers, whose journeys will be delayed as a result. Please stay safe and keep off the tracks.”
Stephen Webster from British Transport Police, said: "I hope that everyone enjoys the event however I would like to remind the public that trespassing on the railway is extremely dangerous and is an offence. Extra BTP officers will be patrolling the line of route to deal with any offenders. Those people who wish to take photographs are directed to Great Yarmouth station where we will ensure that this can be facilitated. Thank you for your cooperation"
Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Greater Anglia, said: “It is very difficult for our drivers and conductors when steam enthusiasts stray onto the track to get a better picture. People should remember that a driver cannot swerve out of the way of people on the track, so please enjoy this event, but safely, well away from the train track.”
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- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.