Lives are on the line say Network Rail and the British Transport Police as trespassing has continued at Tackley station.
Shocking images captured via CCTV has shown people risking their lives for the sake of a few seconds, choosing to cross the tracks rather than use the footbridge.
The images include a male who carried his bike over the tracks just seconds before a CrossCountry train sped through the station.
The footbridge will eventually be replaced by a subway, with Network Rail expecting to share its plans in the coming months.
Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western director, said: “It is shocking to see people risk their lives just to save a few seconds, especially when a new footbridge is just metres away. Trains travel through Tackley at an immense speed so they have no chance of stopping in time if people are trespassing. Stay off the tracks; it is simply not worth the risk.”
Tackley Village Parish Council added: “We are committed to the safety of our villagers and all who use our station and new footbridge. It is very regrettable that a few people seem to think they can ignore the safety rules and trespass on the railway lines. We shall do all we can to try and stop this, not only because of potential loss of life, but for the significant impact that accidents can have on train drivers, rail passengers and the community.”
Embedded Inspector Darren Burridge at the British Transport Police commented: “Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries. We are continuing to proactively patrol the railway network across the UK. Safety is our number one priority and we’re reminding everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway and that everyone loses when you step on the track.”
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