CCTV captures railway trespassers’ near misses

VIDEO footage showing people almost being killed after trespassing on train tracks has been released by Network Rail.

Today (Wednesday) it launched a new campaign to warn people about the dangers of taking shortcuts across railway lines.

In West Yorkshire last year 24 trespassers were involved in near misses - the highest number in the county.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Last year a train driver reported a near miss with a person on the lines in Yorkshire on 48 occasions.

“That’s 48 times when someone put themselves and others at risk. Shortcuts cut short lives. Please stay off the railway.”

The campaign, Track Tests, has been backed by British and World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene.

He filmed a video, which will be the campaign’s Facebook page, to prove even he couldn’t get out of the way of an 80mp train.

Wendy Smith, who’s 15-year-old son Ricky was killed on the railway in Halton Moor, Leeds, in 1997, has also backed the safety drive.

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