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Scheme to stop rail trespassing
Railway vandals
The scheme aims to stop railway trespassing
Transport chiefs have launched a bid to cut the number of youngsters trespassing on Scotland's railways.

The two-day event will encourage teenagers to find alternative things to do in their school holidays.

Images recorded by the British Transport Police show children playing "chicken" on the west coast mainline.

In the last year, there have been more than 1,200 cases of people trespassing on Scotland's railways - an increase of 7% on the previous 12 months.

The BTP footage also shows children firing airguns at trains in the Glasgow area.

Network Rail have taken over a school in the city to teach 2,000 teenagers about the potential dangers of being around railway lines.

The event at All Saints High School in Springburn aims to encourage children to try alternative activities.

Football training will be provided by Rangers and Celtic coaches along with boxing, judo and a DJ workshop.

A Network Rail spokesman said that previous projects warning schoolchildren about the dangers of trespassing on the railway had seen reductions in cases of up to 80%.

He added: "Whenever we become aware of an increase in trespass, we do make efforts to address that."




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