Warning over dangers of live railway lines

St Annes Railway Station  / railway line / train track
St Annes Railway Station / railway line / train track
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“Railway tracks are not playgrounds...”

That is the message from British Transport Police across Lancashire as of the Easter school holidays began.

The warning comes following increased reports during previous holidays of youths congregating near lines.

Not only do youngsters risk their lives playing near the tracks but their actions can result in severe delays for passengers, a spokesman for BTP said.

And now police are calling on everyone to do their bit to cut the number of incidents of railway trespassing.

Officers have urged parents to make sure they know the whereabouts of their children.

If you see trespassers near the lines, you can use 61016 text service to report route crime.

A BTP spokesman says there are 25,000 volts running through the overhead cable on the railway network and you only need to be three metres away for it to cause serious injury or death.

Insp Adrian Yorston, of BTP in Lancashire, added: “Please stay away from the tracks.

“Playing there really is dicing with death and there are much safer places to spend time during the holidays.

“By messing around near the tracks, you are putting your own lives in danger as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains.

“The railway is a dangerous environment, and it should never be treated as a playground or somewhere to hang about.”