'Deadline' Summer Safety Campaign
 

Group Chief Executive's Weekly Message

"appealing to parents and guardians to ensure young people don't use our tracks as a playground or shortcut and make them aware of the serious risks they are taking by doing so"
1st August 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

Our summer rail safety advertising campaign, 'Deadline' is currently running and next week we will be highlighting in the media how incidents of pedestrian trespass on the rail network are putting people and passengers at unnecessary risk of serious injury or death.

We will be appealing to parents and guardians to ensure young people don't use our tracks as a playground or a shortcut and make them aware of the serious risks they are taking by doing so. We will also be highlighting the potential legal consequences which can result from being prosecuted for trespassing on our property.

We take a really serious stance on this; in the past year members of the NI Railways safety team have been working with PSNI neighbourhood policing teams around Northern Ireland, holding spot monitoring sessions to identify incidents of misuse at level crossings. This exercise resulted in a 15 year old youth being prosecuted for ignoring the warning lights at Whitehead crossing and another person with a bicycle was fined £90 plus an additional £88 towards Translink's legal costs.


On a celebratory note however, we are once again supporting the Féile 2014 celebrations running until August 10. This is a longstanding partnership helping us target customers along our extremely popular Metro 10 corridor as well as visitors to the city. New for this year is our Metro late night shuttle bus service between Falls Park and Belfast City Centre for Boyzone and Kaiser Chiefs concerts - click www.translink.co.uk/feile/ for full details


Gordon Milligan

Interim Group Chief Executive

 
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