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Welsh Child Rail Danger Hotspots Named - 7832/12614
Written by Lee on Saturday, 28th June 2008

Rail chiefs have published the top 10 worst sites in Wales where young people trespass on the tracks, as they launch their summer safety message (link below.)

Almost 1,000 incidents of railway crime were reported in Wales last year with half of these by young people.

Gowerton, Pyle, Llanelli and Pontypridd top the places where young people are most likely to trespass or vandalise.

Across the UK, half of all the reported train near-misses with people involved children.

The two most common offences were trespass and vandalism. Around 400 incidents were reported last year but rail chiefs said the real number is thought to be much more.

Network rail said pranks recorded in Wales include wheelie bins, stones and metal bars being thrown at trains and placed on the tracks.

Acts of trespass include, riding bicycles on the line and hiding beneath a platform. Other incidents include graffiti and setting fire to objects on the track.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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