Young people are being warned about their mobile use when crossing railways.
Network Rail (NR) has revealed that 3 in 10 young people use their phones at railway crossings, and are “putting themselves at unnecessary risk”.
The company has released a number of images of people using their phones as they cross train tracks.
High number of accidents
There have been more than 2,000 incidents at level crossings involving young people in the past 5 years, NR said.
Two thirds of 18- to 24-year-olds also use their phone when getting on or off a train or Tube carriage. Almost half (48%) have had a near-miss or accident when using their mobile on the transport network.
NR says people should stop, look both ways and listen for oncoming trains when using a railway crossing. Mobile phones should be put away while doing so.
Level crossing safety is being upgraded
Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety for the public body, said: “It is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by using their phone when crossing the railway.”
A £100 million upgrade to level crossing safety across Britain is currently ongoing as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
But Mr Spence added: “We also need everyone who uses level crossings to do their bit, too. By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way.”
Source: Sunday Post
Date Published: October 15, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown