Keep away from railway lines!

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Children are being warned to keep off the railway by Network Rail and British Transport Police following several incidents.

In a recent accident at the end of last month, a 12-year-old boy had to be rushed to hospital after he was electrocuted while trespassing near Barnhill on the Springburn branch line in Glasgow.

That accident was the second in a month, after a 15-year-old boy sustained serious burns after he also came into contact with overhead power cables near Coatbridge during May.

Other worrying incidents include two primary-age children trespassing on the East Coast main line near Wallyford, also in May, and up to 15 youths on the line near Whifflet station last month.

Network Rail and BTP are reminding youngsters that not only is it illegal to trespass on the tracks but it can also seriously endanger their safety and the safety of those working for, and travelling on, the railway.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Trespassing is extremely dangerous and can have tragic consequences for those involved. Trains travelling at speed take a long time to stop and anyone struck by one is likely to be killed or very badly injured.”

He went on: “Anyone who has concerns about specific locations where they know trespassers are gaining access to the railway can report them to our national helpline 24 hours a day on 08457 114141.”

Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scottish area of BTP, added: “The real dangers of trespassing, or committing other route crime such as stone-throwing or vandalism, have been highlighted by recent incidents.”

Anyone with information about any criminal activity on the railway can contact BTP on 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.