Every year, members of the public intentionally trespass on the railway, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. This not only endangers the person trespassing, but also has an impact on train drivers and other rail staff. The rail industry wants to reduce the risk, through public engagement and by sharing research, case studies and current practice.
In RED 59. we hear about what industry is doing to tackle the problem of trespass, and what we can all do to help.
Trespass an Overview
Train travel is very safe, but the railway tracks themselves are not safe places. When people trespass on the railway, this can lead to life-ending or life-changing injuries, as well as heartache, trauma, and harm to family, friends and rail staff. The message is simple: stay off the tracks.
By sharing case studies and good practice, the rail industry has access to examples of ideas and initiatives that have been proven to work, providing inspiration for individual rail companies and avoiding the need to start from a blank sheet of paper.
The rail industry works together to monitor and analyse data about trespass risk, looking at the trends in incidents and sponsoring research to find answers to improve the way risk can be managed and reduced.