NI Railways issue safety warning ahead of Easter

Translink NI Railways is appealing to the parents of young people to remind them to avoid the railway network over the Easter break.

Each year around Easter, there is an increasing number of near misses and unsafe behaviour on or near tracks, which coincides with people being out later on brighter evenings.

Ian Campbell, head of Rail operations with Translink, said, “We all welcome the signs of spring, but this can also mean young people are more inclined to congregate at our stations and rail halts. Our fleet is very quiet and it can be hard to hear trains approaching.

“Also, we frequently operate engineering trains around the network which are in addition to our scheduled services, so even if someone thinks they know the timetable, it is never safe to take risks on or near the railway line.

“If caught trespassing, a young person could end up with a criminal record, impacting on later plans to work or travel abroad. Their parents or guardians could be liable for a fine as a result.”

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