A TEENAGE girl has been caught on CCTV lying in the middle of a railway whilst on her phone despite associated dangers.
The shocking picture has been released by Network Rail in a plea to keep youngsters away from railways where trains can travel up to 85mph.
A CCTV image has been released of a young girl lying down on train tracks[/caption]
The image captured by CCTV at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex shows the teen lying down, and her friend both distracted on their phones.
Images of two boys walking down the track at Bewbush near Crawley were also released to highlight the dangers and potential serious consequences of trespassing railways.
It comes after figures released in March showed there was a 40 per cent increase in youth trespass incidents in south-east London, Surrey and Sussex after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted following the first national lockdown.
Network Rail head of route quality, health, safety and environment, Vincent van der Hoeven said: “We really must get the message across to children and their parents the dangers of trespassing on the track.”
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Community safety manager on the South East route, Nicola Dooris, added: “On that section of track, trains often travel at 85mph and at that speed, unlike cars, trains can take hundreds of metres to stop, a fact many young people don’t realise.
“Using CCTV like this I’m often able to track down young people and talk to them, and I’d much rather do that than help our staff cope with the aftermath of young people being killed.”
The children, whose identities have been disguised in the CCTV footage, have contacted by transport police officers, Network Rail said.
Network Rail also released pictures of two two boys walking down the tracks at Bewbush, Crawley[/caption]