Campaign aims to stop teens risking lives on level crossings

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CCTV footage showing a young man who comes within inches of being hit by a train forms part of a new hard-hitting schools campaign.

The education resource shows other incidents including a mother who tries to dash through a closing level crossing while pushing a pram.

Under the message “don’t try this at home” the shocking footage is designed for use in assemblies and emphasises the fact that 44 people have died in the last five years on the 6,500 level crossings across the UK.

Around 60 schools located near to level crossings are being sent the free resources as part of Rail Life – a national rail safety campaign launched by Network Rail. Other schools can download the materials for free online.

The campaign has been designed and created with the help of teachers and young people, who took part in a series of workshops to discuss rail safety issues.

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail director of operational services, said: “We wanted to work closely with school children and teachers to develop Rail Life to make it impactful, long-lasting and effective. By working together we hope to prevent future incidents at level crossings and make the railway safer for everyone.”

Megan Lamb, 16, who attended the workshop at Arundel Youth Club in West Sussex, said: “We learnt a lot and it was great that our ideas and opinions were listened to. Maybe my work in the campaign could help to save a life in the future.” 

Rail Life is to expand to cover other safety issues such as the electrified third rail and trespass and vandalism, as well as activity in other areas of interest to young people – such as careers on the railway. A website has also been launched for secondary school pupils, which features facts, videos and tips, including the CCTV footage. 

You can download the Rail Safe Teacher’s Kit and to access the campaign website, go to www.rail-life.co.uk.


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