The Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) has warned the public to keep off their tracks and property, with instances of trespassing rising during the lockdown.
Unfortunately, some people have broken the law and risked their own and other’s safety during the COVID-19 by walking on the CVR’s property and tracks.
Although you may think it’s safe as the railway is closed, trains still run for maintenance and security reasons, along with other safety risks such as tripping on equipment. Many areas of the railway are also hard to gain access to in the event you injury yourself and need medical assistance, which also adds unnecessary work to the NHS while handling COVID-19 patients along with possible loss of life.
On top of this, some trespassers can cause damage, with the railway having to pay for repairs in most cases. Many gates and fences are in place to stop the public from gaining access. Only open and pass through gates where signs state and don’t cross or break fences to gain access.
As well as the Churnet Valley Railway, many other heritage railways have seen trespassing and damage across their lines with people not following COVID-19 lockdown advice. The message is clear, keep off both tracks and railway property to protect yourself, others and not add unnecessary work for the NHS.
For more information or to support the Churnet Valley Railway, please visit their website here.
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