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Members of the public are being urged to stick to the designated diversion route in place between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren after several incidents of trespassing have been reported.
Small groups of people have been spotted on the railway east of Dawlish railway station, at Coastguard breakwater.
Two people were spotted trespassing on the railway tracks underneath Coastguard footbridge, they then crossed the railway and climbed up onto platform 2 at Dawlish railway station.
Another incident involved 3 people who passed the safety fence around the sea wall construction site and climbed over construction equipment putting themselves at risk.
Credit: Network Rail
Also, a train driver had to stop a train due to members of the public walking along the line between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.
Network Rail are urging people to follow the official diversion route of the coastal path via Rockstone footbridge and Exeter Road.
Alison Kramer, Community safety manager for Network Rail’s Western route, said: “It is shocking to see this blatant disregard for their own and other people’s safety.
“We appreciate some of our construction work can sometimes mean a diversion route needs to be put in place and this may cause disruption However, these diversions and protective fencing are there to ensure people are kept safe and it is really disappointing to see this being so willingly disregarded by children, putting themselves in danger.
“We urge parents to educate their children about the severe consequences of illegally trespassing on the railway and encourage members of the public to report any trespassing incidents they witness.”
British Transport Police Embedded Inspector, Darren Burridge, said: “Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway. Trespassing can have serious, life-changing consequences for the individual, their loved ones and the wider community.
“We are continuing to proactively patrol the railway network across the country. Safety is our number one priority and we’re working with Network Rail to remind everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway. 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.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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