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Stay safe this Easter Half Term

Railway sites can be dangerous, warns company

As the Easter school holidays begin, the UK’s biggest rail freight company has warned that parents and children should be aware of the dangers of trespassing on railway sites.

At the beginning of every school holiday, the company’s 2,200-strong workforce based at depots and terminals across the UK, is encouraged to remain vigilant, keep sites secure and immediately report any incidents of trespass to the British Transport Police.

However, as the railway network continues to see an increase in trespassing incidents, Doncaster-based DB Cargo UK warns children not be tempted to try and breach its security.

The company’s Head of Safety and Operations, David Ethell, said:

“Our sites and depots support the UK’s busy railway network and every year we invest significant time and resources in making our sites as safe as possible. School children, or any member of the public for that matter, put themselves in serious danger if they trespass on railway sites. They are dangerous places for people who are unfamiliar with them and have no safety training.”

Anyone who suspects trespassing has taken place on any part of the rail network is urged to report it immediately to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In the event of an emergency please call 999.