HomePeopleHealth & SafetyPupils from 15 schools get involved in Leeds Station Safety Week

Pupils from 15 schools get involved in Leeds Station Safety Week

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

Schoolchildren from across West Yorkshire have been taking part in activities as part of Leeds Station Safety Week.

Run by Network Rail, Northern, British Transport Police and Leeds United Foundation, the activities focussed on safety issues when using the station, being on a train or near the railway. Pupils ranging from nine to eleven years old from 15 different schools got involved in the various activities.

The interactive sessions included information about how to prevent accidents by not running or riding bikes, scooters or skateboards in the station, as well as how to stay safe when using escalators.

Pupils were also taught how dangerous it is to trespass on the tracks, particularly in areas with overhead line equipment, which carries 25,000 volts and would have devastating and life changing consequences for anyone coming into contact with it. The children also learnt about the impact unsafe behaviour near the railway could have on train drivers.

Vicki Beadle, Network Rail.

Vicki Beadle, operations risk advisor for Network Rail, said: “Safety is Network Rail’s priority and we wanted to put on fun activities for children, whilst raising awareness of the dangers of messing about on or near the railway.

“Throughout Leeds Station Safety Week, the children learnt about many aspects of railway safety, ranging from the risks around running in stations to the dangers of trespassing near the track or overhead lines.

“We run the events each year and it was great to see so many pupils from schools across Leeds getting involved.”

Chief Inspector Lorna McEwan, BTP.

Chief inspector Lorna McEwan, for British Transport Police, said: “We welcomed this opportunity to promote rail safety as part of Leeds Station Safety Week in partnership with Network Rail. It’s vital that our young people are aware of the dangers of misusing the railway and the consequences.

“All the children involved were really receptive to what our officers had to say and we hope they are now confident to speak to us as they pass through the station and are aware of the dangers of trespassing on or near the railway.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Rail engineers strike gold in sustainability school

Multidisciplinary engineering business Dyer & Butler has earned Gold level status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). This is the highest level of membership...

Tunnel operation takes flight with help from a helicopter

Essential work on a tunnel in the Peak District got some help from high places. Helicopters helped airlift construction materials into position as part of...

Island Line to re-open this autumn

South Western Railway has said that the Island Line is set to reopen on 1 November. The upgraded line’s reopening is subject to a final...
- Advertisement -

More news

Rail review author calls for rail fares reform

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail white paper, has urged for fares reform – arguing there has never been a better...

Iconic arrows get a dash of green ahead of environmental summit

The famous National Rail double arrow has turned several shades of green ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit, which takes place in November. The...

Digital signalling for East Coast main line tested on Thameslink

A test of the digital in-cab signalling system ECTS level 2 (European Train Control System) has been carried out successfully using a Govia Thameslink...
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP