Sunday, May 19, 2024

Siemens Mobility takes rail safety message to more than 4,000 schools

Siemens Mobility is partnering with Rail Safe Friendly to educate young people in more than 4,000 schools about the dangers of trespassing on railways in order to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries.

By engaging with schools located near Siemens Mobility depots and projects, such as the Goole rail village, the company is committed to making a positive impact in the communities it serves.

The Rail Safe Friendly programme provides schools and the rail industry with an opportunity to work together to improve rail safety awareness among young people  across the UK using content from Network Rail’s Switched On Rail Safety website.

The programme launched last year after the death of 11-year-old Harrison Ballantyne who received a fatal electric shock after climbing over a fence to retrieve his football at a train depot. Currently, over 4,000 schools in the UK are participating in the programme, with funding support from various industry partners within the rail sector.

Robert Evans, Health Safety and Environment Director for Siemens Mobility, said: “As an industry, there is more we can do towards promoting the safety of people on and around the railway. Education is key, especially for young people who may not fully grasp the potential dangers of trespassing on the rail network.

“Supporting the communities in which we work is really important to us, and by joining forces with Rail Safe Friendly and supporting their impactful educational programme, we are taking active steps to empower the next generation with the knowledge and awareness required to travel safely on the rail network every day.”

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