A shocking image shows a teenage girl lying in the middle of a railroad track where trains pass at high speeds of 85 mph.
The photo, captured by CCTV at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex last month, was shared by Network Rail to urge children to stay clear of the tracks.
The teenager appears to be casually using her cell phone as another girl stands beside her, despite the incredible dangers of trains going at 85 mph.
Network Rail hopes to highlight the risks and potentially fatal consequences of trespassing on the tracks by sharing the appalling photo.
A shocking CCTV image taken at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex last month shows a teenage girl lying in the middle of a railroad track where trains go at 85 mph
Other biting images released by Network Rail showed quads and motorcyclists entering Shornemead, near Gravesend, in May last year
The children, whose identities were disguised in CCTV footage, were questioned by transport police officers, the railway company confirmed.
Other images released on Tuesday showed two boys walking on the train tracks at Bewbush, near Crawley, and quads that entered Shornemead, near Gravesend, in May of last year.
Dangerous sightings come after figures released in March showed there had been a 40% increase in incidents of trespassing among young people in south-east London, Surrey and Sussex, after the region emerged from the first nationwide lockdown.
Vandalism and trespassing on the tracks are illegal and people can be brought to justice and fined Â£ 1,000, according to National Rail.
Vincent van der Hoeven, Head of Route Quality, Health, Safety and Environment at Network Rail, said: âWe really need to get the message out to children and their parents about the dangers of an intrusion on the track.
âWe strive to get the message across in schools and on social media through our film Parallel Lines and our You Vs Train campaign. “
In October last year, Network Rail published a photograph of a bride and groom doing a photoshoot on a railroad track near Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Earlier this year, CCTV published by Network Rail (pictured) again showed a woman lying on train tracks to pose for photos – despite the dangers
Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September, with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs (above)
Nicola Dooris, South East Highway Community Safety Officer, said: âUnfortunately, during the lockdown we saw an increase in the number of young people having fun on the railroad.
âOn this section of track, trains often run at 85 mph, and at this speed, unlike cars, trains can take hundreds of meters to stop – a fact that many young people don’t realize.
“Using CCTV like this, I am often able to locate and talk to young people, and I would much rather do that than help our staff deal with the consequences of killing young people.”
How to use a railway crossing safely
Network Rail has already produced a to guide on the safe use of a level crossing.
- Focus – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music, and chatting.
- Stop, watch and listen.
- Follow the signs and instructions.
- Check both directions before crossing – if a train is coming, do not cross. Understand warnings (lights, barriers, alarms).
- Visit the pedestrian crossings to learn more.
- Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a leash.
In April, two women were pictured walking along a live railway track with a buggy and a child in tow.
The biting photograph captured the seemingly oblivious women and child as they took a shortcut along the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) in West Yorkshire, which was famous in the 1970 film version of The Story of ‘Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children.
But these women aren’t the first to break the rules and risk their lives playing live train tracks.
In October last year, Network Rail published a photograph of a newlywed taking a photoshoot on a railroad track to alert to a new craze for crossing photos.
A month later, another shocking incident was recorded when video showed the moment a jogger wearing headphones was nearly wiped out by a train after crossing railroad tracks unaware the high-speed locomotive was approaching.
Earlier this year, CCTV broadcast by Network Rail again showed a woman lying on a train track to pose for photos – despite the dangers.
Dressed in a shiny jacket, the woman can be seen lying on the rails of a level crossing in East Sussex as her companion takes photos.
The waterfall at the crossing – where trains travel at up to 70 mph – was called “unbelievably stupid” by police at the time.
Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September last year, with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs.
On the wider dangers of trespassing on the railroads, Inspector Bryan O’Neill previously said: âThe railroad is full of hidden dangers.
“Too many times we have seen the tragic consequences of young people ignoring warnings about railroad trespassing and taking risks that have resulted in terrible injury or death, so it is essential that parents play their part. and make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing.