New barriers at Preston because people keep running on the tracks
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 24, 2020
Network Rail has applied to build more barriers on Preston railway station’s platforms in order to combat the rising number of trespass incidents.
End of platform fencing will be installed on platform 7 if plans are approved, as well as anti-trespass ‘pyramid’ matting to be fitted on the ends of platforms 5 and 6, to make it difficult for people to get onto the tracks.
The plans will also see dozens of signs being placed around the station, warning people to keep off the track.
According to planning documents submitted to the city council, the works are necessary to ‘ensure the whole station has appropriate platform end security and warning signage’.
It’s understood that the development forms part of a national strategy to keep people away from railway tracks and minimise the risk of trespassing.
“Unfortunately, in recent times there has been a significant increase in people trespassing upon the railway; this is not only a safety concern for the individual but for the trains travelling along that line,” Network Rail said in the planning statement.
The latest figures from the British Transport Police show that one person an hour trespasses on the railway somewhere in the UK, with over 1,100 incidents in the North West in 2016.
It’s hoped that these latest proposals will make people think twice before taking a risk, and to make it more difficult to do so.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “As part of our work to keep people safe, and passenger journeys reliable and punctual across the North West, we’ve submitted a planning application to Preston City Council.
“This is to introduce additional trespass deterrent measures at Preston station.”
The Grade II listed building has been on the site since 1880, originally built for the ‘London and North Western’ and the ‘Lancashire and Yorkshire’ railway companies.
The design of the new barrier is expected to be based on that of a previous design already fitted on platform 4 in 2013.
A statement from Network Rail within the planning application reads: “The proposed development is considered necessary to improve and extend the safe operation of the station, which in turn preserves the buildings character and use.
“The proposal will not be to the detriment of the buildings historic character.”