TRESPASSERS on to the area’s railways are taking their lives into their own hands, according to a British Transport Policeman.
PC Gary Sykes said that the railway bridge at Ruswarp is notorious for trespassers, and patrols are set to be heightened along the Esk Valley route as a result.
“What people do is get off the train here and take a shortcut.
“But the bottom line is you are committing an offence.”
Although the trains that travel along the Esk Valley line are not the high-speed machines of the national mainlines, they still reach speeds of up to 70mph and PC Sykes said that trespassers are taking their lives into their own hands.
“I’ve never known anyone survive being hit by a train,” he said.
“You could lose your life, that train isn’t going to stop quickly.
“Sooner or later you are going to slip, trip or fall.”
The first incident of trespassing carries a £50 fine.
If further incidents occur then it can carry a maximum fine of up to £1,000.
If you see anyone crossing a line, call 999 or alternatively contact the British Transport Police by calling 0800 405040.