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You Vs Train

28 October 2019

Everyone loses when you step on the track.

The EFL Trust has launched a new partnership with Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) help tackle the increasing number of people risking their lives on the railway.  

Hundreds of people each year unintentionally take on the railway and lose.

The railway’s full of hidden dangers. If you’re not hit by an unexpected train, you’ll be hit by the lethal current in rails and power lines. 

You will be killed or left with catastrophic, life-changing injuries and your friends and family will be left with the brutal consequences.

Everyone loses when you underestimate this opponent. Everyone loses when you step on the track. 

The hidden dangers on the railway are real: each year, hundreds of young people take on the railway and lose and their actions have far-reaching and devastating consequences for their friends and family.

Figures reveal that over 250 incidents a week have been recorded by people taking risks on the railway – taking short-cuts, capturing photos and even ‘train surfing’.

Sometimes there are fatalities. Young Adults, and older children (U18) make up the largest category - responsible for approximately a third of all incidents. 

Macclesfield Town Community Sports Trust will be teaming up with Macclesfield Town and will be appearing at railway stations to helping raise awareness of the issues surrounding trespassing on the railway. Keep your eyes out for our staff if you commute to Macclesfield via the train this half term!  


You vs 25,000 Volts 

The power running through overhead railway lines is 100 times stronger than your supply at home. Electricity is easily the most dangerous factor in stepping on the track – it’s always switched on and nine out of ten people die when they’re struck by it. 

Others are left with life-changing injuries, including burns and amputations; and that’s not to mention the emotional scars that will be left behind. Electricity is easily underestimated. People don’t realise it can jump – so you don’t even need to touch a cable to be seriously injured. 


You vs 150 Tonnes of Train 

You can’t outrun a train. And even if you could, you wouldn’t hear it coming, as today’s trains almost silently reach speeds of 125mph. And they run 24 hours a day. So even if you think it’s a ‘quiet time’, you can be hit by thousand tonne freight trains that run all night. 

Don’t think that keeping to one side of the track will keep you safe. Trains are all wider than the rails. You’re just as likely to trip over the train equipment and be dragged on to the track. 


You vs The Electrified Third Rail 

The third rail is probably the hardest danger to see. It looks just like an ordinary rail, but it carries 750 volts – easily enough to kill you. 

It’s designed to send power to the train, but you are 70 per cent water and the perfect conductor for this electricity. If you touch the rail, you will “stick” to it. The DC current that flows through it will pull you in and not let go until the emergency services are able to switch the power off. 

Nearly half of the UK rail network is now electrified – and more than 30 per cent uses a third rail to power the train. The only way to avoid stepping on this hidden danger is not to step on the track. 

With half-term now underway, Macclesfield Town and the EFL want our communities to be safe for fans, families and friends. 

Please watch this video below to help understand the dangers when you step onto the tracks. 

The railway is full of hidden dangers. Everyone loses when you step on to the track. No one beats this opponent.


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