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Trespass and Vandalism

How trespass and vandalism cause delays - and what the industry is 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 in the vicinity are stopped to ensure the safety of the passengers, train crew and the trespasser. This not only delays nearby trains, but can also have a knock-on effect on trains across the network.

When people trespass on the railway and vandalise property, Network Rail need to repair any damage and make sure the railway is safe before allowing trains to run again. This causes delays for passengers. Vandalism includes graffiti, litter, fly-tipping and damage to fences, signs and tracks.

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
  • Network Rail regional teams have joined forces with train companies to create action plans to reduce trespass and vandalism in local hotspots
  • Install fences that make it more difficult to access the railway
  • Working with schools, charities, local councils and the British Transport Police (BTP) on safety campaigns aimed at the two groups most likely to trespass: teenagers and people in their early 20s
  • Running safety campaigns to reach young people directly, and providing resources for teachers and parents
  • Working with the BTP to encourage people to report incidents. If you see someone on the railway tracks, please call 0800 40 50 40, text 61016 or dial 999