Belfast Telegraph

Railway trespassers prompt plea

A warning about the fatal dangers of railways has been issued by Translink after it emerged 96 people were caught trespassing on the network in one month alone.

Translink said the incidents have included a member of the public being reported by a resident close to tracks in Whitehead, a group of five youths being spotted under a bridge at Finaghy, and a trespasser being removed from the line at Greenisland as recently as last week.

Lynda Shannon of Translink appealed for people to stay safe, particularly during the summer holidays.

"Safety, while always at the top of the agenda for Translink, particularly comes to the fore at this time of year," she said.

"While we always appeal for parents and carers to remind young people to stay away from tracks, they are not the only ones who decide to use the rail network as a shortcut.

"Of the trespassing incidents we recorded in the past month, many of the trespassers were adults and one of them was a senior citizen."

Over the summer, Translink will be running its annual 'Deadline' campaign to remind pedestrians and motorists to stay safe around railway tracks and facilities. For more visit www.translink.co.uk.

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