Stay off the Tracks Poster Competition Winner Announced

Nationwide schools poster competition winner helps keep children off the tracks over the summer.

A new safety campaign with a difference will be unveiled at London Liverpool Street station today (15 August 2017). Nine-year-old Summer Scopes from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex has won a nationwide competition to design a poster to raise awareness of railway safety. Her winning poster design will appear at Network Rail stations across Britain today, helping to reach millions of young people with messages about railway safety.

Over the past 10 years almost 170 young people have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway. Just under half of those killed are under the age of 25. Alarming figures from Network Rail also reveal that children are twice as likely to trespass on the tracks over the summer months, compared with winter¹. Longer evenings, coupled with the summer holidays, spell danger for Britain’s youth, with almost 600 trespass events reported in August, compared to less than 300 in December.

To combat this rise in incidents on the railway, Network Rail launched the ‘Stay off the Tracks’ poster competition through their partners the Tackling Track Safety Partnership. The competition aimed to inform young people of the dangers of trespassing on the railway ahead of the summer holiday. Hundreds of entries were received from seven- to eleven-year-olds nationwide, with Summer finally selected as the overall winner.

Summer will be awarded her prize at Liverpool Street station today by Eliane Algaard  from Network Rail and Ross Williams and Bryan Glover from West Ham United Foundation Club who have been involved in the Tackling Track Safety Project.

Network Rail launched the Tackling Track Safety Project three-years ago. The project – which has educated more than 135,000 7-16 year olds about the dangers of the railway – works with schools in hotspot areas for trespass across the country, delivering engaging safety messages through sports-based activity sessions, such as football and rugby.  The sessions are delivered over a four week period which allows the information to be reinforced on numerous occasions. During this time, high schools in each area also receive rail safety education through interactive assemblies and presentations. The programme also aims to divert youngsters from crime or trespass by engaging 14-24 year olds in extra-curricular activities in the evenings.

Allan Spence, Head of Public and Passenger Safety for Network Rail, said:

“Congratulations to Summer for creating the winning poster, which will now be displayed in stations across the country to remind young people and their parents about the dangers of trespassing on the tracks.

“Britain has the safest railway in Europe but trespass reports are rising. As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware that if they go on the railway they are on dangerous ground.”

Summer was accompanied at the presentation event by her family (mum Louise, dad Aron and two year old sister Sienna). As well as seeing her poster unveiled on the digital screens in Network Rail stations, Summer’s prize included  tickets to London’s main attractions, a celebratory dinner and return travel to London. Summer’s poster will be displayed digitally in stations from 15 August.

For more information on how to keep your children safe on the railway this summer visit http://www.networkrail.co.uk/safety-education/information-for-parents/


Network Rail to carry out community project in Corby

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Residents are invited to vote online to choose a project which will be funded and delivered by Network Rail to benefit the community in Corby after they have carried out work to improve the railway line between Kettering and Corby, as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

Work to improve the railway can be disruptive to those living near the line. To thank residents for their patience whilst devegetation work between Kettering and Corby takes place, Network Rail is going to fund a community project in Corby.

The first community initiative which residents can choose is a railway-themed art trail by community artist Richard Janes. A new sculpture was recently installed at Corby station and the project would build on this and create a warm welcome for visitors to Corby and all station users.

The second option is a workshop for a local school provided by Tackling Track Safety (TTS). TTS teach children about staying safe near the railway through sports. The children would participate in a range of activities covering different themes, such as electrification and level crossing safety.

Spencer Gibbens, principal programme sponsor at Network Rail, said:

“Although the project to upgrade the line will have fantastic long term benefits for the people of Corby, we know that work to improve the railway can be disruptive for those living nearby.

“Making sure that we care for those who live near the railway is one of our top priorities and we are delighted to be able to fund a project which will give back to the local community. I’m grateful to residents for their continued patience whilst this work is carried out and would encourage them to vote for their favourite scheme.”

Voting opened on Friday, 14 July and closes on Monday, 14 August.

 


Boro Tackle Trespass Issues

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, in partnership with Network Rail and the Tackling Track Safety Project have been educating the young people of Darlington about the dangers of trespassing on the rail network.

Darlington has seen a sharp increase in the number of incidences of trespass on the Network over the past 12 months with Network Rail figures confirming that there has been an 11% increase in the number of reported incidents to last year.

The railway is always a busy and dangerous environment and with the modernisation of a lot of the network, the risk of injury is greater than ever before.

Alan Cawthorne has been coordinating the delivery on behalf of the Foundation and speaks highly of the organisation’s involvement with this project;

“Our coaches have been working tirelessly over the last couple of months delivering this vital education across schools in the Darlington area with a strategic plan to disrupt these increases in trespass.

“There are issues with trespass nationwide and we are now two years into delivering these safety messages in the Darlington area ensuring that all of the young people are learning in a fun and engaging environment.

“Through the power of football our coaches incorporate the messages into their activity sessions which ensures that all learning styles are engaged throughout.”

The delivery of the Tackling Track Safety Project across schools in Darlington – which also includes assembly delivery in high schools across the area – has seen 4,110 7-16-year olds educated about the dangers of the railway.

As the summer holidays are approaching, we would like to urge all members of the community but particularly young people to take care when they are near the railway network, including station areas.

We would also like to urge people to report any crime or incidences on the network via the British Transport Police text line anonymously by texting 61016.

 


Titans Tackle Trespass Head On

Rotherham Titans players set to educate thousands of young people across Mansfield as part of the Tackling Track Safety Project.

The Titans, who ply their trade in the Greene King IPA Championship, will engage 1,500 7-11 year olds across 6 schools during the remainder of this academic year. All of the young people that are to take part in the Tackling Track Safety Project attend school’s that sit within a mile of an area that has been identified as one of the top 10 areas in the UK for trespass, often ivolving yong people.

It is vitally important that this education takes place over the coming weeks as the schools prepare for the summer holidays, a time when Network Rail see’s a spike in incidences of trespass nationally.

John Lewis, Cheif Executive of Rotherham Titans spoke of the importance of this education;

It is vitally important for us as a club and for Titans Foundation that we are able to help with the education of the young people of our local and wider communites.

“We take the health and well being of these young people extremely seriously and its fantastic that we are able to work with both Tackling Track Safety and Network Rail to help to ensure the safety of these young people over the summer period and throughout the rest of their childhoods.

“It’s great that young people want to explore their surroundings but its imperitave for them to do so safely. The railways are always a busy and dangerous environment and under no circumstances should anybody trespass on the network.”

As well as the project’s delivery across primary schools in the Mansfield area, there will be 2,115 11-16 year olds educated about the dangers of trespassing on the railway through the projects Learn Live broadcasts into schools.

By the end of July, there will have been 3,675 young people of Mansfield educated about these vital rail safety messages ahead of the summer break.

 


London Rugby League Foundation Educate Thousands Across Cheshunt

Across Britain, one person trespasses on the railway every hour, putting their lives in danger.

Alarming new figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police reveal more people than ever are risking their lives on the rail network by trespassing on the tracks in Cheshunt.

The data, which looks at trends over the last five years, shows trespass incidents are at all-time high in the region, while nationally one person trespasses and dices with death every hour.

Research also shows young people are more likely to take a risk on the tracks, with seasonal peaks in incidents coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

To combat this, London Rugby League Foundation have been working closely with Network Rail delivering the Tackling Track Safety Project to thousands of young people in schools across Cheshunt with over 1,560 7-11 year olds engaged with vital rail safety education leading up to the summer break. As well as this primary school delivery, there have been in excess of 2,500 11-16 year olds engaged with the project delivery across 3 high schools – all of whom are situated less than a mile away from the network.

Alan Spence from Network Rail explains:

“Every April we see a huge rise in the number of people taking a risk on the rail network and it’s worrying that these numbers seem to be going up. Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks. The dangers may not always be obvious but the electricity on the railway is always on and trains can travel up to 125 miles per hour, so even if they see you, they can’t stop in time.

“As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers. It may seem harmless to take a shortcut, or fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous. Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”

The delivery of this education culminated in a Primary School tag rugby festival which saw numerous primary schools from the area come together to celebrate their participation in the project over the previous four weeks at the home of local football club Cheshunt FC.

To find out how to keep your children safe on the railway this summer visit;

www.networkrail.co.uk/trespass

http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_information/tackling_crime/trespass.aspx

www.tacklingtracksafety.co.uk/resources-2/


Manchester Rangers have Safety top of the class!

Manchester Rangers Community have been working closely with Network Rail and the Tackling Track Safety Project, to deliver vital safety education to children across North Manchester, in particular, Moston.
The Tackling Track Safety Project was devised as an effective and fun way of delivering the important Rail Safety messages to children across the country by incorporating them into a sporting environment. Manchester Rangers were the lead delivery partner for delivery of this project across East Manchester and Tameside in 2015 and are now continuing with the project across North Manchester in 2017.

The project consists of a Key Stage 2, 3 & 4 assembly which outlines the dangers of the railway and ways to ensure safety, followed by 4 activity sessions for children in year 5 which focus on the key messages about the Railway. The KS2 children all receive a Tackling Track Safety work booklet and over the duration of the project they are able to show what they have learnt during the activity sessions by answering multiple choice questions in their booklet.
The project in Moston was rolled out in April with the clubs’ delivery of the Tackling Track Safety Project set to see over 4,500  young people engage with the project upon its completion.

“The TTSP is a wonderful project and this year, thousands of young people nationally will be educated about the dangers of the Railway in a fun and engaging environment via the delivery of Tackling Track Safety.
“We have been extremely impressed with the staff at the club and they have shown a real passion for what is a massively important topic.
We are excited about this partnership with Manchester Rangers, one which will have a significant impact on the lives of the local and wider community.”
Nick Jordan, Community Safety Manager, Network Rail.

Matt Valentine, Development Manager, Manchester Rangers went on to say;
“Our main mandate in the community is to deliver the coaching of Rugby League, introducing new people to the support and developing their interest and skills. However, when an opportunity like the Tackling Track Safety Project comes along it’s something we are delighted to be involved with.
The safety of the young people of Manchester must be paramount in the interests of any community group. Through this project we have the opportunity to make our contribution towards ensuring that young people live not only a healthy and active lifestyle but one that is also safe and responsible.
The project is a fantastic initiative and the delivery of the Rail Safety message through activity sessions is extremely powerful. We have seen staggering information retention levels throughout the programme showing that a mix of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning style has a place in the modern curriculum.”


Cheshunt FC Tackling Track Safety

Cheshunt Football Club are working closely with Network Rail and Manchester based company, PDF Sports LTD, to deliver vital safety education to children across Cheshunt as part of The Tackling Track Safety Project.

dscf32881The Tackling Track Safety Project was devised as an effective and fun way of delivering the important Rail Safety messages to children across the country by incorporating them into a sporting environment. The project consists of a Key Stage 2, 3 & 4 assembly which outlines the dangers of the railway and ways to ensure safety, followed by 4 activity sessions for children in year 5 which focus on the key messages about the Railway. The KS2 children all receive a Tackling Track Safety work booklet and over the duration of the project they are able to show what they have learnt during the activity sessions by answering multiple choice questions in their booklet.

The project is currently being rolled out in 10 schools that lie in close proximity to the line that runs through the area and will see the club’s community reach extended in the local area with over 3,500 young people set to take part in the programme throughout the rest of this academic year.

Club Chairman Dean Williamson speaking of the project said;

“There is a significant problem locally with people trespassing on the network in the area, particularly at level crossings.

“We are a community focused club and it is vitally important that we are proactive with this education in our community to ensure the safety of our youngsters.

“The Railway is an extremely dangerous environment and it simply isn’t worth risking your life trying to save a few seconds misusing a level crossing.

Philip Fitton, Tackling Track Safety Project Director commented;

“The TTSP is a fantastic project and this year over 50,000 young people nationally will be educated about the dangers of the Railway in a fun and engaging environment.

“We have been extremely impressed with the staff at the club and they have shown a real passion for what is a massively important topic.

We are excited about this partnership with Cheshunt, one which will have a significant impact on the lives of the local and wider community.”

If you see people committing crime on the railway you should report it to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or contact 999 in an emergency and ask for the Police. Your actions could save the lives of others.


SALFORD CITY FC: TTSP Launched in Walkden

Former Manchester United and England footballer Paul Scholes, who co-owns Salford City Football Club, helped to launch the initiative in Walkden.

Over the past 10 years, more than 360 people have lost their lives while trespassing on the railway – and almost half have been young people under 25. There have been over 2,700 reports of trespass by young people on Britain’s rail tracks since the start of 2015.

Paul Scholes gets involved with Walkden Launch
Paul Scholes gets involved with Walkden Launch

Paul Scholes recently attended a session at Christ the King RC Primary School in Walkden, Manchester – one of more than 100 schools across Britain that will take part in the project in 2016.

Focusing on children aged 7–11 in around a dozen trespass hotspots, it aims to regularly reinforce the educational messages at school to discourage trespass and reduce the number of incidents.

 
 
 
 
"Our club is a big part of the community and we want to work with schools and Network Rail to help make young people aware of the injuries that can happen and the dangers of playing on the railway.
 
"It was great to see how football can help drive home those important safety messages and if Salford City FC can help prevent one more injury, then we’re winners all round."

Paul Scholes

Fun and engaging PE sessions with coaches and players from local sports clubs support the classroom-based learning about how to stay safe around the railway, including how to safely use level crossings, the dangers of electricity and the speed of trains.

Pupils of Christ the King RC Primary enjoying their Rail Safety lesson
Pupils of Christ the King RC Primary enjoying their Rail Safety lesson

The Tackling Track Safety Project is also aiming to work with Network Rail’s community safety teams and community groups across the country to deliver diversionary activities for teenagers and young adults in disadvantaged areas. These will range from street games, such as football or cricket, to music, drama or art.

The reasons for rail trespass are varied, from perceived convenience – taking a shortcut along the tracks – to a spur-of-the-moment decision, for instance to pick up something mistakenly dropped from the platform edge, or thrill-seeking.

There are significant risks, with 22 fatalities to trespassers in the year 2014/15 and 869 trespass injuries recorded over the same period.

Being struck by trains is the biggest danger, accounting for 72 per cent of all trespasser fatalities over the last 10 years, but in 2014/15 the percentage of trespasser fatalities in the UK caused by electrocution is 27 per cent – almost double that of the previous year.

Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks. As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist. Taking a shortcut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.

"Together with The Tackling Track Safety Project we have developed a fantastic new curriculum-based programme combining classroom learning and sports activities.

"We know that having superstars and coaches from clubs like Salford City FC helps inspire and engage the kids and drives home the important safety messages designed to keep them safe."

Graham Hopkins, Network Rail director of safety


Safety Top Of The Class

Manchester Rangers coaches have been working closely with Network Rail and PDF Sports LTD to deliver vital safety education to children across East Manchester, Tameside and Trafford as part of the Rail Life Tackling Track Safety Project.

The Tackling Track Safety Project was devised by PDF Sports LTD as an effective and fun way of delivering the important Rail Safety messages to children across the country by incorporating them into a sporting environment. The project consists of an assembly which outlines the dangers of the railway and ways to ensure safety, followed by 5 activity sessions focused on Year 6 Primary and Year 9 at Secondary schools. The KS2 children all receive a Rail Life work booklet and over the next 5weeks show what they have learnt during the activity sessions by answering multiple choice questions in their work booklet.

Ranger’s coaches have been delivering the project in primary and secondary schools in Manchester and the wider area from the beginning of 2015. Manchester Rangers Community Development Officer Matt Valentine believes the project has been a huge success, saying “it has been great incorporating the rail safety messages into our rugby league activity sessions. It has shown how sport can be used as a very useful tool for the education of young people, I am certain that the lessons learnt during the last six weeks will stay with the children throughout their lives


Tackling Track Safety with the Tigers

During each session, important information was shared with the children about train tracks and the dangers of them and also a fun practical session based around Rugby. With many of the cohort going to Lancaster or Sir Jonathan North next year which are located close to train tracks, the information shared with the children was extremely important and will hopefully prevent any accidents.
– Anne-Marie Letherand (Year 6 Teacher)

Leicester Tigers Foundation have teamed up with Network Rail and PDF Sports to deliver a unique pilot scheme to two Leicester inner city areas focusing on raising awareness of the dangers to young people playing on or around the nations railway lines.

With 100’s of young people injured or killed each year on the rail tracks the Foundation team are presently visiting both primary and secondary schools using fun rugby lead activity sessions that incorporate a clear rail safety message in delivery.

Targeting Year 9 within the secondary schools and Year 6’s at their local primary feeder schools, each week’s activity is themed and complimented by workbooks and hand-outs continuing the safety education after the Tigers coaches have left the school. School assemblies and a Year 6 Tag festival, which is supported by the Years 9s from the secondary schools, brings the whole message together and help those involved share their learning experience to the wider school community.

Schools already taking part in the programme include: The Lancaster School, Marriott Primary, Overdale Juniors, Granby Primary and Hazel Primary, with more schools coming on board very soon.