Rail industry teams up to launch Keep a Clear Head campaign
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RSSB has teamed up with Network Rail, British Transport Police and Drink Aware to keep Christmas party goers safe on the rail network.

Christmas should be a time of year when everyone can enjoy themselves and have fun. But for some festive revellers it can spell danger, with a 25 per cent increase in alcohol related incidents across the rail network in December, compared to the beginning of the year. 

Using RSSB data collected over the last 10 years, we can see that on average there are more incidents reported involving intoxication in December than any other month. 

As a result, the rail industry has come together to urge party goers to take extra care when travelling on or around the railway. Keep a Clear Head campaign has been launched to help improve passenger safety. 

Chairman of the Platform Train Interface (PTI) Strategy Implementation Group, Allan Spence said: We want everyone to have fun over the festive season and trains are the safest way to get around.  But passengers and people living near the railway must remember that it can be a dangerous place. After a few drinks people can take more risks. Taking a short cut across the tracks, chancing it at level crossings or tripping as you get onto trains can kill or change your life forever.  Don’t let the drink take bad decisions for you – keep a clear head.

Passengers should also be careful when around the platform edge after having a drink, with 25 people killed due to alcohol related incidents and a further 82 people seriously injured over the last 10 years. 

  • Over 4,000 alcohol related incidents reported over the past five years
  • Almost half (44%) of all incidents reported last winter involved alcohol 
  • Passengers boarding and alighting were trains involved in 395 alcohol related accidents in the last five years 

To find out how to stay safe on and around the railway over the festive period, visit:  

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