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Lord Macdonald welcomes national campaign to prevent trespass and vandalism on the railways


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Lord Macdonald welcomes national campaign to prevent trespass and vandalism on the railways
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date
12 April 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release



Lord Macdonald welcomes national campaign to prevent trespass and vandalism on the railways
An initiative by the rail industry to combat trespass and vandalism on the railways was today welcomed by the Minister for Transport, Lord Macdonald.

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC), Railtrack and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have launched the Rail Industry Partnership Campaign Against Trespass and Vandalism on the Railways. The campaign includes a hard hitting video for use on national television and in schools. This will be aimed at the main perpetrators of trespass and vandalism, primarily 8-14 year old males.

Lord Macdonald said:

"The Government, the HSC and the railway industry, have been concerned for some time about the increase in trespass and vandalism incidents and the number of young people killed on the railway. It is a frightening statistic that over half of all train accidents are due to acts of vandalism. Trespass and vandalism is now one of the major issues facing the railway industry.
"I am pleased that the HSC, Railtrack, ATOC and the British Transport Police are working in partnership to address this very serious problem. Passengers and railway employees have every right to expect high standards of safety on the rail network.
"I am also grateful to the HSC for bringing together all the key players within and outside the railway industry, to produce a video which delivers a clear message to all groups that the railways are a dangerous place and should not be used as a playground. The campaign will also encourage many regional and national initiatives and will boost awareness of the dangers of trespass.
"I hope that this campaign will lead to a reduction in trespass and vandalism incidents. This is an issue which the Government, the HSC and the railway industry take very seriously and which we are determined to tackle."
Notes to editors
The HSCs Railway Industry Advisory Committee (RIAC) set up a working group on trespass and vandalism to develop an action plan and nationwide strategy. This group includes Railtrack, rail operators, and the unions.

A joint RIAC, Railtrack and London Underground trespass and vandalism conference in September 1999 gave overwhelming support to the development of a nationwide publicity campaign incorporating a short video for national television and a more comprehensive schools package with a longer video, posters and other resource materials.

The campaign will be formally launched by HSC, Railtrack and ATOC on 12 April at Waterloo Station. It will also include representatives from the trades unions, the British Transport Police and the HSE. Other members of the partnership are the Central Rail Users Consultative Committee, London Underground and Crime Concern.

As well as the national campaign there will also be targeted and co-ordinated publicity campaigns in known problem areas to ensure that young people are fully aware of the dangers of playing on or near the railway.


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