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Railway Line Safety

Alert message sent 08/03/2021 11:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Police Scotland recently dealt with an incident where young persons were traced playing on a railway line and taken home.  Unfortunately this is not the first incident of its kind in the last six months in North East Division and continues to be a concern to all.
Young person’s fail to understand the danger they put themselves and others in when they make the choice to step on the track. 
Children of primary school age can be fascinated by trains. The varied and interesting noises, people and environments combined with the feeling of movement and speed make the idea and experience of rail travel a great adventure.  This age group can, however, lack awareness of the dangers posed by the railway.
Trains travelling at high speed are not able to stop quickly and will hit any obstruction on the track.

When trains are moving directly towards you they are barely audible – until it’s too late.

Trains produce wind turbulence so powerful that it can drag somebody standing next to the tracks under the wheels of the train. 

Network Rail and British Transport Police run a hard hitting safety campaign - You Vs Train, which highlights the devastating consequences of trespassing on the railway.
Network Rail also provides community safety education on their website which can provide further learning materials to help protect young persons.
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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.
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Michael Urquhart (Police, Constable, North East Division)

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