Dawn Bowden AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney has today spoken out in support of Network Rail’s Rail Safety Week.

Dawn Bowden said “We can be thankful that our rail system is generally very safe but everyone carries a responsibility to help ensure year round safety on the railways on both the Merthyr and Rhymney valley lines. These are vital transport links for our communities and rail safety is a very important issue. So I am stressing that people should not trespass on the rail lines, children should be prevented from playing on the rail line and even passengers should avoid, often unthinkingly, reaching for items dropped on the rail lines”.

Dawn Bowden added “I hope that everyone thinks safety first when it comes to the use of our railways because rail safety is a vital issue”.

Network Rail have stated “As the operator of the railway, we’re responsible for keeping passengers and those who live or work near the railway safe. We take this responsibility very seriously, so we do all we can to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the railway”.

Dawn added “Information published by Network Rail shows that the numbers recorded trespassing on the railway reached a record high in Spring 2017. It is illegal, but is also a worrying statistic for our whole community as we all want to avoid the sadness involved with rail fatalities”.

“So please take note of the advice regarding station safety, safety on rail crossings and avoid trespass on to the railway lines in both Merthyr and Rhymney”.



More information on Network Rail community safety campaigns can be found at https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/