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Trespass and Vandalism

How vandalism and trespass cause delays - and what the industry doing to reduce them

Certain parts of the railway are open to the public - including stations, underpasses and level crossings - but you will be trespassing if you go on to the tracks, embankments or any other area for any reason at any time.

When somebody is spotted trespassing all trains are stopped in the vicinity to ensure the safety of the passengers, train crew and the trespasser. This not only delays nearby trains, it can also have a knock on effect on trains across the network.

Vandalism includes graffiti, litter, fly-tipping and damage to fences, signs and tracks. If there is a risk to safety then all trains may have to be stopped, for example if the track has been damaged.

Trespass, vandalism and other crimes cost the rail industry more than £35 million in 2012/13.

What the industry is doing to reduce trespass and vandalism

  • Working hard to make more people aware of the dangers of the railway, particularly in trespassing hotspots
  • Work with schools, charities, local councils and the British Transport Police (BTP) on safety campaigns aimed at the two groups most likely to trespass, children aged 11-16 years and young people aged 18-24
  • Run and support community activities, including school visits, safety centres, diversionary activities and programmes to educate people about the dangers of trespass and vandalism
  • Replace fences with new ones that make it more difficult to access the railway
  • Working with the BTP to encourage people to report incidents. If you see someone on the railway tracks, please call 0800 40 50 40 or dial 999 
  • Network Rail regional teams have joined forces with train companies to create plans to reduce trespass and vandalism in local hotspots