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TRANSPORT TRESPASSING FEARS: Could lockdown lifting spark rise in rail safety concerns?

TRANSPORT TRESPASSING FEARS: Could lockdown lifting spark rise in rail safety concerns?

 

New data reveals shocking 40% increase in youth trespass incidents after public emerged from first national lockdown.

Network Rail and British Transport Police are urging parents to talk to their teenagers about rail safety and the devasting potential impact of trespass to them, their friends and family, and the wider community ahead of the Easter school holiday and the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The calls come as newly released data reveals there was a surge in reckless behaviour on the rail network when the nation emerged from the lockdown last summer, which continued right through to the end of year. Alarmingly the numbers increased most sharply in the under 18s age group, with a 40% increase in the number of incidents recorded between July and December 2020, compared with the same period in 2019 (and a 29% increase on 2018). November 2020 was the worst November on record for trespass incidents, and saw a staggering 75% increase in youth incidents on the previous year.

Network Rail and British Transport Police are urging parents to talk to their teenagers about rail safety and the devasting potential impact of trespass to them, their friends and family, and the wider community ahead of the Easter school holiday and the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The calls come as newly released data reveals there was a surge in reckless behaviour on the rail network when the nation emerged from the lockdown last summer, which continued right through to the end of year. Alarmingly the numbers increased most sharply in the under 18s age group, with a 40% increase in the number of incidents recorded between July and December 2020, compared with the same period in 2019 (and a 29% increase on 2018). November 2020 was the worst November on record for trespass incidents, and saw a staggering 75% increase in youth incidents on the previous year.

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