Greater Anglia launches shocking new video to stop trespassing on tracks in Suffolk and Essex
PUBLISHED: 09:11 27 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 27 May 2017
Shocking new images of people dicing with death on the region’s rail lines has been released by train operator Greater Anglia in a bid to reduce the number of trespass incidents on the track.
The company is warning people to be vigilant when near the tracks following an increase in the number of trespass incidents on its network.
The number of trespass incidents on the Greater Anglia network has increased 16% year-on-year from 2015-6, with more than 500 reported incidents taking place in 2016.
Trespass incidents involve a member of the public being on the tracks without permission.
Jay Thompson, Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability, Greater Anglia, said: “Trespass incidents on our network are incredibly dangerous. Anyone who trespasses on the railway risks their life. The dangers may not always be obvious.
“We will continue to work with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to identify and take appropriate action against those who do trespass. If anyone witnesses any trespass incidents on our network, they should report this to the British Transport Police immediately.”
The company said if a customer drops something on the tracks, they should contact a member of staff who will be able to help them. If they try and retrieve the item themselves, it can be very dangerous and they run the risk of serious injury.
Rail bosses are also encouraging parents to keep a close eye on their children as the holidays approach and keep them away from the tracks.
Greater Anglia driver Paul Herbert has told how he and his colleagues have been affected by trespass incidents on the track – even if no one is hurt it can be very traumatic for the driver facing someone on the track just a short distance ahead of them.
Inspector Nia Mellor from British Transport Police said: “The dangers of trespassing onto the tracks cannot be overstated. Trains travel at incredibly high speeds and can approach silently, before you have time to reach you may be struck, seriously injured or even killed.
“I have seen first-hand the consequences that taking a shortcut over the tracks has, and the heartbreak and suffering families and loved ones are left with. Please never expose yourself to this risk and stay well away from the tracks.”