Rail Risks Reach 10-year-high – one every hour places life in danger

Rail risks reach 10-year-high
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Rail risks reach 10-year-high.  Video shows shocking images of trespass in, Shipley and Halifax, Yorkshire

New figures reveal one person every hour trespasses on the railway and puts their life in danger.

These alarming stats from Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) reveal that more people than ever are risking their lives on the rail network by trespassing on the tracks. The data, which looks at trends over the last 10 years, shows that trespass incidents are at an all-time high.  At least one person trespasses and dices with death every hour.

Last year alone there were more than 8,000 incidents where people risked their lives across the rail network, an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. Young people are also the most likely to take a risk, with just under half of those killed under the age of 25.

Video of paralympian who lost his leg while attempting to cross a rail line

Simon Munn tragically lost his leg in a railway accident when he was 22 years old. He has enjoyed some great success as a Paralympian, but the events that set him on that path are harrowing.

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