Severn Valley Railway issues trespassing warning

Severn Valley Railway issues a second warning to the public to keep away from its line following reports that people are trespassing on railway property.
This TXM road rail machine is typical of the maintenance vehicles currently in operation at the SVR

The Severn Valley Railway has issued a second warning to the public to keep away from its line following reports that a number of people have continued to trespass on railway property.

Although the Severn Valley Railway stopped its public services in mid-March due to COVID-19 pandemic, trains are still running along the line, and a few members of the public are putting themselves in danger. 

General manager Helen Smith said: “Some people seem to believe there’s no problem if they walkalong the line at the moment, because we’re not running public trains. However, not only is trespassing against the law, but it could also put people at grave risk. 

“We have unscheduled maintenance trains running all the time, and I want to stress the danger that people are putting themselves in when they make the choice to trespass on the line.

“We’ve had a series of recent incidents with groups of young people and families walking along the line, as well as youths throwing stones from one of our bridges. All of these people are breaking the law and putting themselves and potentially others at risk by their actions.We have CCTV cameras and security patrols in operation and will inform the police about trespassers. If appropriate, legal action will be taken. Please keep away from the line – don’t put yourself at risk.”

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