In the last 10 years, almost 170 people have lost their lives trespassing on the railway. Almost half of those killed were under the age of 25.
Most trespassers say taking a shortcut was their main motivation, followed by thrill-seeking. But walking along or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.
British Transport Police are urging parents and young people to take a reality check when it comes to trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks, with real trains and real life consequences.
You can help them drive down trespass by talking to your children about the dangers of going on the tracks and making sure you get home safely. British Transport Police say: “Don’t let your door be the one we knock on to say your loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing.”