Date Published: 13 August 2018
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley speaks about the Council's support for You Vs Train - a national rail safety campaign aimed at children and young people.
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley
Last week I was deeply concerned to see the images of young people playing on the railway tracks at the level crossing in Wing.
Each day, our young people face a raft of dangers and I know, as a parent, how hard it is to instil in them a sense of respect for their personal safety.
Once a year Rutland County Council, supports every young Year Six pupil in the county to attend Warning Zone – a centre in Leicester that is dedicated to equipping young people with essential life skills.
During their time at the centre children learn about risks of fire in the home, the dangers of electricity and building sites, alcohol misuse, personal safety, water safety, criminal damage and arson, and road and railway safety.
We know this education day has a positive impact on young people’s lives and, having reviewed the images from Network Rail last week, the incident at Wing has reinforced for me the need to further support parents and work with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to regularly reinforce messages and learning.
I have spoken to British Transport Police and we are now looking at how we can work with them to support the promotion of their national campaign “You vs. Train”, in Rutland.
The campaign aims to help young people understand the risks and dangers of railway lines. It was developed after the British Transport Police identified more than a quarter of teenagers confess to behaving in a way that could endanger their life on a railway line and one in 10 admitted to walking on railway lines – two fifths of those in the last year.
The Council has shared details of this important campaign on its website and I implore parents and guardians to take time to show the You Vs Train video to their young people.