26 Aug 2022
As we hurtle towards the end of summer, there’s more people out and about on the network, enjoying the lovely weather. We want to remind everyone of the danger around railway tracks and how to stay safe. Whether you’re boarding a train or using a level crossing on foot or in a car, it is vital to be vigilant and aware of the dangers that trains can cause.
Our new fleet of trains will enter service from Autumn 2022 with new liveries. These will have a vibrant red front end combined with the latest in headlight technology. The brightness of the new improved headlights and the red front end will improve the visibility of our trains from the lineside. However, there’s lots more you can do to keep safe.
So, here are some points to keep in mind whilst around train tracks:
Keep behind the yellow lines
Staying aware of your surroundings whilst at the train station can save lives. Scrolling on your phone, reading a book, listening to music – none of these things are as important as keeping an eye out for any fast-approaching trains. Staying behind the yellow line and being alert can not only save your own life, but others around you too.
During Rail Safety Week, with the help of Wynne Evans (the ‘Go Compare’ guy), we championed the importance of safety on the railway and making sure not to fall into ‘your own little bubble’ whilst waiting at the station or tracks.
Trespassing is dangerous and causes delays
When you trespass on the railways you are putting yourself and passengers on trains at risk. When we see someone trespassing on the railway, we must slow down or stop our trains to investigate.
This not only delays nearby trains, but also has a knock-on effect on trains across the network, sometimes lasting for hours.
Beware of freight trains!
When coming to a level crossing, you may find it convenient to skip waiting and nip across before the train comes. You may know the timetable and think you’re safe to do so, but freight trains don’t always travel at fixed times and sometimes train times change.
So, always expect a train at a level crossing, at any time of the day.
Look! (don’t just listen)
Some of today’s trains are quieter than ever – we'll be introducing brand new bi-mode and tri-mode trains from next year – which can be hard to hear compared to the traditional ‘clickety clack’ we are used to hearing. Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think. So, it’s important to keep an eye on the tracks and don’t take any risks.
Keep these simple points in mind when you are travelling around the network this summer and keep yourself and your family safe.