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Urgent action pledged to stop ‘potentially fatal’ trespassing in South Cumbria

CHILDREN and teenagers in a South Lakeland town are being warned to keep off the Furness rail line.

An increased number of incidents of trespassing on to the tracks has been reported in Grange as youngsters climb through the perimeter fencing to retrieve footballs.

Discussions between Network Rail and members of Grange Town Council are taking place in a bid to halt the dangerous practice.

Viv Tunnadine, Grange Town Council clerk, said: “This seems to be happening because children playing at the recreation ground are losing their balls and then making holes in the fence to climb through and retrieve them.

“There has even been a case reported when someone’s granddad was seen on the tracks.

“We are now working with Network Rail to find a way to stop this – which may include talks in local schools about the risks involved.”

New fencing could be installed along the length of the town recreation ground and the rail line.

And residents are being asked to note the school uniform worn by any children seen on the tracks.

A spokesman for Network Rail confirmed measures to reducing the risks of people being hurt while trespassing were being looked at.

He said: “We are working with the local authority to find ways of reducing this from happening, which includes looking at new fencing.

“Trespassing on the railway is a serious issue with potentially fatal consequences and we do a lot of work to educate communities, and young people in particular about the dangers.”

Have your say

What attracts youngsters to areas like this for ball games is the even, open surfaces. Perhaps a two-prong approach that will result in a win-win would be to also have more safe playing areas for children; along side, of course, Mr Reed's excellent suggestion of in-school safety talks.

Posted by Kevin on 13 March 2014 at 16:25

At one time not to long ago British Transport
Police Officers and Train Drivers went round
Schools and such like giving safety talks backed up with hard line video,s since The Rail Companies wanted more for there money i.e
Policeman Policing and Train Drivers driving
this practice stopped. It did work as figuere,s showed at the time. I should know I was one of the Officers.

Posted by William Reed on 12 March 2014 at 18:29

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