CCTV footage captures trespassers at Calcot Mill level crossing
Network Rail has issued a safety warning after CCTV footage showed people misusing a level crossing in West Berkshire.
A CCTV camera recently captured footage of two cyclists trespassing on the railway track at Calcot Mill level crossing to pose for photos — where 130 trains pass through every day at speeds of more than 100mph.
The railway company has warned of a concerning rise in the number of trespass incidents across its western route, which runs from Penzance to London Paddington, saying such behaivour is not only dangerous, but illegal.
“Incidents of trespass on the railway cause issues for everyone using the network,” said Network Rail programme manager for route crime, Andy Phillips.
“A photo for social media is never worth the risk of putting yourself in this extremely dangerous situation.
“We sincerely urge people to stay off the tracks and ensure they understand the risks of trespassing.”
The majority of reported incidents have occurred near stations and on level and foot crossings, with many involving children and young people, says the railway company.
“Trespassing on the railway is not only illegal but can result in life-changing injuries, or even death,” said superintendent for British Transport Police western, Mark Cleland.
“Electrified lines and trains which travel at speeds of up to 125mph, often silently, make the railway an extremely dangerous place to be.
“I would urge parents and carers to have conversations with their loved ones about these dangers.”
The BTS says it has put measures in place to tackle the issue, including additional signage, increased patrols, additional cameras and hosting educational events.
Besides being struck by a train, slippery lineside conditions, unsteady terrain and electrification also pose an added risk to trespassers, as 25,000 volts of electricity can jump from overhead lines.
The BTS urges people who witness anyone trespassing to text or call 61016.
Always call 999 in an emergency.