Translink has highlighted safety concerns after identifying 59 trespassers on the Larne railway line since the beginning of July.
Following three incidents of pedestrian trespass on the rail network last week, the transport company are asking parents, guardians and teachers to remind young people to stay away from the railway tracks over the summer holidays.
Ian Campbell, Translink head of rail operations said, “During school holidays, incidents of pedestrian trespass on the rail network unfortunately often increase. The network can look like a handy shortcut or a good place to play, but the risks are just not worth it.
“Since the beginning of July this year there have been 79 incidents of pedestrian trespass across the whole railway network, ranging from groups of youths loitering at railway halts and bridges and young children running across tracks, to older passengers using tracks as short cuts.
“Members of the NI Railways safety team have been working with PSNI neighbourhood policing teams around Northern Ireland during the past year, holding spot monitoring sessions to identify incidents of misuse at level crossings. This exercise resulted in a 15-year-old being prosecuted for ignoring the warning lights at the crossing and another person with a bicycle was fined £90 plus an additional £88 towards Translink’s legal costs.
Ian added: “We’ve toured schools across Northern Ireland with our rail safety project for 11-15 year olds, iPredict. The project which uses performance, magic and digital media to predict the outcomes of an imaginary train journey is designed to delivery key rail safety messages, including not trespassing on tracks, to this important target audience.
“The message is simple - don’t ever use the tracks as a shortcut or a playground and never try to beat the barrier at level crossings.”