THE EFL Trust is working with local communities to help tackle increasing numbers of railway risk takers.
Argyle Community Trust have delivered the railway safety lessons across Devon and Cornwall since the end of June, working with over 529 young people and their teachers.
The ‘You vs. Train’ campaign was launched last year by the rail industry and British Transport Police and saw incidents involving children reduce by 12 per cent. But this vulnerable group continue to be a high risk.
Responding to the continued problem, the industry’s railway trespass group has this year launched a new phase of the ‘You vs. Train’ campaign, forming partnerships with the EFL Trust and StreetGames to drive the rail safety message directly to this hard-to-reach group.
At the heart of the issue is a lack of understanding and awareness of the risks. Research undertaken among teenagers last year found that, while most are aware that the railway is a dangerous place, most of them did not realise quite how dangerous it is, or the specific dangers they face when they step on the track.
Aiming to continue the lessons in the next school year, the Trust hope to share ‘You vs. Train’ lessons and assemblies with around 1,500 secondary school pupils.