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Dog walker on tracks among 'worrying spike' in railway trespass incidents in Surrey and Hampshire

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Dog walker on tracks among 'worrying spike' in railway trespass incidents in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:41pm 19th May 2020.

Network Rail have issued a warning about trespassing on the railway after a surge in incidents in our area.

Among them was a man in Surrey crossing the lines with a shopping trolley and a woman trespassing on the tracks looking for her dog.

Other reports included cable theft and people playing on the railway.

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Since the start of lockdown on 23 March, there have been 22 trespass incidents across Surrey and North East Hampshire which have caused “unnecessary delays to critical workers and freight services”.

Trespassing on the railway is illegal and leads to all trains in the reported area being stopped to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Mark Killick from Network Rail said:

“Trespassing on the railway is dangerous and can have tragic results as we are still seeing a worrying number of trespassers on our tracks.

“We need the public to stay safe, stay off the railway and never use it as a short cut.

“The conductor rail carries 750 volts of electricity on most of our routes and is always live; if you are struck by a train or receive an electric shock, this could result in life-changing injuries or even death.”

You can report any locations where trespassers are gaining access to the tracks via Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114141.