Warning on dangers of Reigate station shortcuts

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Network Rail is warning of the dangers of taking a shortcut to the platforms at Reigate Station from the nearby level crossing, rather than using the correct entrance.

The company says it has seen an alarming rise in the number of people walking over the level crossing’s ‘cattle grid’ – designed to prevent users from straying onto the trackside – as an access point to the station.

Nicola Dooris, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: “Trespassing along the railway line from the London Road level crossing might seem like an attractive option, but this route to the western edge of the station is extremely dangerous. As well as the obvious risk of injury or worse, trespassing on the railway is illegal and misuse of the crossing can delay trains and traffic.”

After concerns were raised by signallers and station staff, a new CCTV camera was installed to monitor the problem.  Ms Dooris said: “The pictures from the CCTV were truly shocking. They show people including families with children risking their lives just to shave a few metres off their walk to the station.”

Teams from Network Rail and British Transport Police were at Reigate station on Monday last week providing passengers with information about railway safety.

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