Everyone working in the railway is committed to a safer and more secure railway for passengers and our people.
Educating young people to prevent trespassing on the railway
Network Rail and British Transport Police community safety campaigns to reduce trespass on the railway across Great Britain intensified this year. Working with industry partners, the You Vs Train campaign targeted the more than 25% of trespass incidents reported to involve young people. The campaign reached 174 million people in the first four months.
Tackling unwanted behaviour
Police and the rail industry have been working together to encourage people who experience unwanted sexual behaviour to ´Report it to Stop it´. The programme has been rolled out nationally and is designed to make all passengers, particularly women and girls, feel safer and know that reported incidents will be taken seriously by rail operators, British Transport Police and local Police forces, providing vital information to help catch offenders.
In 2020, a new team set up by rail operators in partnership with the BTP will take this campaign with the aim of continuing to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour.
Working alongside British Transport Police
Train operators and Network Rail work closely in partnership with British Transport Police to make Britain’s railway one of the most safe and secure of the major railways in Europe. In 2020, the rail industry will provide over £240 million of funding to help secure a safer railway.
Train operators will continue to make stations safer in 2020. More than 673 of Britain’s railway stations are BTP-accredited, setting the standard in reducing crime, safeguarding vulnerable people and ensuring safer journeys for passengers.
Preventing suicides on the railway
The rail industry is committed to preventing suicides, working together with the belief that suicide is not inevitable and that the traumatic loss of life can be reduced. In 2018/19, rail employees, the police and members of the public intervened in more than 2,200 suicide attempts on the railway. These people have gone on to live their lives and other people have avoided being involved in potentially tragic events.
Rail companies have helped to promote suicide prevention nationally, working to de-stigmatise mental health, support compulsory suicide prevention training in the health sector and working with schools to improve awareness of issues. Working together, the industry has also pioneered a national bystander campaign, Small Talk Saves Lives, which looks to engage our passengers and the public in preventing suicides within their own communities.
As part of the programme of work to prevent suicides, rail companies work closely with Samaritans. Frontline staff are trained by Samaritans to provide them with the skills and confidence to approach someone in need and teaches some of the listening skills that underpin the services that the charity provides. The industry is also proud to welcome volunteers into stations and support Samaritans’ campaigns to help make the railway a safe and supportive place for people who are finding life tough.