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  • Trespassing on the railways is at an all-time high with over 8,000 incidents recorded in 2016
  • In the past ten years 170 people have been killed on rail tracks almost half of them aged under 25
  • Partnership with The Scout Association will focus on educating Cubs on the dangers of playing alongside railways as part of their Personal Safety Badge

3rd July 2017, Birmingham New Street: Britain’s most expansive train operator, CrossCountry, and The Scout Association are today announcing a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people.

The partnership is a response to the record number of trespassing incidents that were recorded on Britain’s railways in 2016. Figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police figures show an 11% rise in incidents to 8,265, compared with 2015, with young people more likely to take a risk on the tracks.

In an effort to encourage Britain’s younger generations to be safe and understand more of the potential dangers when on or near the railway, especially as we approach the school holidays, CrossCountry and The Scouts Association will be producing educational material for the Cub Scouts’ 150,000 members aged 7-10. Learning about these dangers and how to act responsibly and safely will help the Cubs Scouts achieve their Personal Safety Badge – one of the most popular badges in Scouting.

The partnership was launched at Birmingham New Street Station, where local Cub Scouts along with representatives from CrossCountry, BTP and Network Rail, were joined by Paralympian Multi Medalist Simon Munn, who tragically lost his leg after an accident on the railway.

You can find out more about the launch here: 

 Speaking about the importance of keeping safe on the railways, Simon Munn commented: “Railways can be a dangerous place and not a playground. We’re all responsible for keeping young people and those who live or work near the railway safe, so we must do all we can to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the railway.

 “We must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist. Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or even death.”

 CrossCountry’s managing director, Andrew Cooper, said: “Safety on the railways is our top priority, so we’re delighted to be able to work with the Scouts Association to help our nation’s children understand the dangers of not being safe and responsible.

 “This partnership and the Personal Safety Badge will be promoted everywhere our train goes, taking the message across Britain to stay safe when on or near the railway. To young people the railway can be a place of wonder and excitement, but it is also a place of heavy engineering, fast moving trains and electric cables. In such an environment the dangers of injury or worse are too great for people to think about not acting responsibly.”

 Cub Scout Rachel Ruixi-Chen, aged 9, who attended the event at Birmingham New Street, said:“The new station is really cool – and so was the train! But what I learned was it’s not a place to play. They are real tracks, with real trains and could be really dangerous.

 Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith from BTP said:
“Keeping young people safe is a priority for us and we are doing everything we can to prevent them from coming to harm on the railway, including patrolling trespass hotspots and going into schools to warn of the dangers.

 “However, we cannot tackle this issue alone and we are always keen to support any initiatives aimed at reducing trespass. We hope the Personal Safety Badge will help youngsters spread this important safety message within their communities and stop children risking their lives on the tracks.”

 Priti Patel, Network Rail’s head of safety for LNW said: “It was great to see so many cubs and scouts so enthusiastic about rail safety. We fully support this initiative to spread vital rail safety messages in such an engaging and meaningful way.”


The partnership between CrossCountry and The Scout Association will enable all Cub Scout Packs in the UK to get hold of new support material to help them complete the requirements of the Personnel Safety Badge. 

After the launch alongside the newly-branded CrossCountry train with the Scouts’ Personal Safety Badge emblem on the train’s sides, the Cubs Scouts received a behind-the-scenes tour of the station by Network Rail.




For further information please contact information:

Simon Carter - Media Relations Manager

Richard Gibson – Head of Communications
[email protected]


Rail safety facts

  • 72% of all trespassers who died over the last 10 years were struck by a train
  • Another 17% were electrocuted and the others fell from structures or trains
  • Most trespassers highlight taking a short cut (42%) as their main motivation for committing the crime, followed by thrill-seeking (19%)
  • More than 8,000 trespass incidents were recorded on railways across the UK in 2016 - the highest number since records began – meaning almost one person trespasses every hour.
  • In the past ten years 170 people have been killed on rail tracks almost half of them aged under 25


About Cross Country Trains

  • The most extensive passenger rail franchise in Britain, stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, Manchester to Bournemouth and from Stansted to Cardiff
  • Based in Birmingham, CrossCountry connects seven of the Britain’s 10 largest cities
  • 298 passenger services each weekday, calling at 118 stations
  • Delivered 38 million passenger journeys in 2016
  • CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operator with operations across 14 countries.


For further information on CrossCountry services visit or follow them online via Twitter at @crosscountryuk,


About The Scout Movement


  • Scouting, the world’s largest youth movement, was founded on 1 August 1907.
  • In the UK, Scouting is supported by The Scout Association, enabling 7,000 groups across the country to provide opportunities to over 450,000 young people aged 6-25.
  • Scouting helps young people, both boys and girls, enjoy fun and adventure, while developing skills for life: the practical, character and employability skills they need to succeed.
  • Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, from canoeing and caving to coding and community projects, made possible by the efforts of over 140,000 adult volunteers.
  • Worldwide, Scouting has over 40 million members – both male and female – and operates in nearly every country in the world.
  • UK Scouting has over 250 Scout Activity Challenge badges.  These require participants to achieve a level of understanding and skill realistic and appropriate to their age range.

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