Girl lies down and uses her mobile on RAILWAY LINE where trains hurtle past at 85mph


A shocking image shows a teenage girl lying in the middle of a railway line where trains fly past at high speeds of 85mph.

The picture, captured by CCTV at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex last month, was shared by Network Rail to urge children to keep away from the tracks. 

The teenager appears to be casually using her mobile phone while another girl stands next to her, despite the incredible dangers of trains hurtling past at 85mph. 

Network Rail hope to highlight the risks and potential deadly consequences of trespassing on train tracks by sharing the appalling photograph.

A shocking CCTV image taken a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex last month shows a teenage girl lying in the middle of a railway line where trains hurtle past at 85mph

A shocking CCTV image taken a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex last month shows a teenage girl lying in the middle of a railway line where trains hurtle past at 85mph

The children, whose identities have been disguised in the CCTV pictures, have been spoken to by transport police officers, the railway company confirmed. 

Other images released on Tuesday showed two boys walking down the train tracks at Bewbush, near Crawley.

The dangerous sightings come after figures released in March showed there was a 40 per cent increase in youth trespass incidents in south-east London, Surrey and Sussex, after the region emerged from the first national lockdown.

Vandalism and trespassing on railway lines is illegal and people can be taken to court and face a £1,000 fine, according to National Rail.

Vincent van der Hoeven, Network Rail’s head of route quality, health, safety and environment, said: ‘We really must get the message across to children and their parents the dangers of trespassing on the track.

‘We are putting efforts into getting the message across in schools and on social media through our Parallel Lines film and You Vs Train campaign.’

In October last year, Network Rail released a photograph of a bride and groom carrying out a photoshoot on a railway track near Whitby, North Yorkshire

In October last year, Network Rail released a photograph of a bride and groom carrying out a photoshoot on a railway track near Whitby, North Yorkshire

In October last year, Network Rail released a photograph of a bride and groom carrying out a photoshoot on a railway track near Whitby, North Yorkshire

Earlier this year, CCTV released by Network Rail (pictured) again showed a woman lying down on railway tracks to pose for photographs - despite the dangers

Earlier this year, CCTV released by Network Rail (pictured) again showed a woman lying down on railway tracks to pose for photographs - despite the dangers

Earlier this year, CCTV released by Network Rail (pictured) again showed a woman lying down on railway tracks to pose for photographs – despite the dangers

Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs (above)

Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs (above)

Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs (above)

Nicola Dooris, community safety manager on the South East route, said: ‘Unfortunately, during lockdown we have seen an increase in the numbers of young people messing about on the railway.

‘On that section of track, trains often travel at 85mph and, at that speed, unlike cars, trains can take hundreds of metres to stop – a fact many young people don’t realise.

‘Using CCTV like this, I’m often able to track down young people and talk to them, and I’d much rather do that than help our staff cope with the aftermath of young people being killed.’

How to use a level crossing safely 

Network Rail previously produced a guide on using a level crossing safely. 

  • Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation. 
  • Stop, look and listen. 
  • Follow signs and instructions. 
  • Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross. Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms). 
  • Visit level crossings for pedestrians to find out more. 
  • Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.

In April, two women were pictured walking along a live railway track with a buggy and child in tow.

The nail-biting photograph captured the seemingly oblivious women and child as they took a shortcut along Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) in West Yorkshire, which was famously featured in the 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit’s story, The Railway Children.  

But these women are not the first to fall foul of the rules and risk their lives by playing on live railway tracks.

In October last year, Network Rail released a photograph of a bride and groom carrying out a photoshoot on a railway track to warn about a new craze for level crossing pictures.

Only a month later, another shocking incident was recorded when a video showed the moment a jogger wearing headphones was almost wiped out by a train after crossing railway tracks unaware the speeding locomotive was approaching.

Earlier this year, CCTV released by Network Rail again showed a woman lying down on railway tracks to pose for photographs – despite the dangers.

Wearing a bright jacket, the woman can be seen sprawled across the rails at a level crossing in East Sussex while her companion takes pictures. 

The stunt at the crossing – where trains pass through at up to 70mph – was branded ‘unthinkably stupid’ by police at the time.

Network Rail said more than 5,000 incidents were recorded between June and September last year with many cases involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photographs.

On the wider dangers of trespassing on railways, BTP Inspector Bryan O’Neill has previously said: ‘The railway is full of hidden dangers.

‘Too many times we have seen the tragic consequences of young people ignoring the warnings about trespassing on the railway and taking risks that have resulted in terrible injuries or death, so it’s vital that parents play their part and ensure they know where their children are and what they are up to.’



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