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Safe Train Travel

Train travel remains one of the safest modes of transport in Great Britain

But you should be aware of the few potential hazards that do exist, and the safety measures you can take to prevent them from happening. Here’s what you need to know.

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Keep away from the edge

Don’t get too close to the edge of the platform, regardless of whether there is a train coming or not. Always stand behind the yellow lines.

Stand clear of closing doors

Whether you’re trying to get on or off a train, don’t make a rush for closing doors. You or your luggage could get trapped.

Keep your children close

The best way to make sure your children are safe is to keep them close at all times. Hold on to your pram, and use the brake when possible.

Additional safety measures

  • Don’t get carried away when consuming alcohol

  • Don’t block doors or aisles – keep your luggage in designated areas

  • Mind the gap between the train and the platform

  • Pay attention to announcements

  • If you are standing, hold on to a pole or similar when the train start and stops

More safety information

To find out how to report crimes or concerns on the rail network, share your journeys with trusted contacts, and get access to news, guides, or support, visit our page about the British Transport Police Railway Guardian app.

Train fans can visit our Guidance for Rail Enthusiasts page for more tips.

Keeping everyone safe is a big, important job
Thomas the Tank Engine

Travel Tips

Do

Don’t

  • Rush for closing doors

  • Get too close to the edge

  • Over-indulge in alcohol

FAQs

Yes, train travel remains one of the safest modes of transport in the UK, as well as in many other parts of the world.

The best way to make sure your children are safe is to keep them close at all times. This applies both on the train and at stations. Why not take a moment to teach your kids about rail safety? Here’s a fun campaign from Network Rail and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Whether or not there are restrictions in place, we ask you to follow the latest government advice. See our Coronavirus page for further information.

Yes. Obstructing doors or aisles isn’t allowed on trains. Please store your luggage in designated areas only.

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