British Transport Police have released shocking video footage of train track trespass incidents in the hope that it will deter people from putting their lives on the line. The video shows incidents from around the country but ends with hard hitting footage of an horrific incident at Kings Norton station last year.
A man, taking a short cut across the track on his way to work, was struck by a train before he could make it onto the platform. The man survived but was paralysed as a result of the accident.
Almost 170 people have died as a result trespassing on the railway in the last decade. Almost half of these were aged under 25.
British Transport Police said: “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.”
BTP West Midlands on Twitter said that trespass on railways in the West Midlands rose by a massive 13% last summer.
Transport police officers across the country are working hard, alongside Network Rail, to reduce trespass, with posters, school visits, warning signs and patrols at hotspots, improving security and using covert surveillance.
BTP said: “But we can’t tackle this issue alone. We’re 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-changing consequences.”
They are calling for parents to stress hoping their video Real tracks. Real trains. Real life. will be the #RealityCheck that prevents someone making that potentially life-changing decision to take that short cut or ‘mess about’ on the tracks.
Please note: The following video contains scenes which some may find upsetting