Sunday, 13 Jun 2021

Nail-biting moment bride and groom pose for wedding pictures on railway track

A bride and groom were caught on CCTV posing for wedding photos on a railway track.

The couple were among a spate of trespassers on Britain's railways in recent months.

There have been more than 5,000 incidents recorded between June and September, Network Rail has said.

Many cases involved people using the railway track as a backdrop for photos, reports BristolLive.

There were 1,239 trespasses last month alone, (September), which is up 17 per cent year-on-year.

It's also the highest number of cases for that month over the past five years.

A bridal couple were spotted standing on the tracks near Whitby, North Yorkshire in July.

Also, Hollyoaks actor Ellis Hollins apologised during the same month after posting photographs online from a photoshoot on the railway.

He admitted it was "irresponsible" and he was "careless to take part in such a dangerous situation".

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Superintendent Alison Evans of BTP commented: "The railway is not an appropriate or safe setting for a photographic backdrop, no matter how scenic the setting.

"Every time someone strays onto the rail network they are not only putting themselves at risk of serious, life-threatening injury but also delaying essential journeys."

Network Rail launched its You vs Train campaign in partnership with BTP to highlight the issue of young people trespassing on railways.

However, the number of incidents involving children at 51 targeted locations has fallen in each over the past two years.

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Allan Spence, of Network Rail, said: "Wedding photos or selfies on the track are just plain stupidity.

"We often warn families at this time of year as kids enjoy school half-term holidays but this time we are appealing to adults in particular.

"Please, make sure you know the rail safety basics and pass that knowledge onto your loved ones. Lead by example and stay off the tracks."

HM chief inspector of railways, Ian Prosser, said: "We keep seeing people take unnecessary risks around the railway and this behaviour could result in fatal or life-changing consequences.

"These new statistics showing the increase is truly worrying. The hidden dangers on the railway are real: each year hundreds take on the railway and lose and their actions have far-reaching and devastating consequences for their friends and family."

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