What happened on day 3 of Rail Safety Week?

Wednesday saw us visit one of the North West’s busiest train stations, Manchester Piccadilly. Working with Network Rail, Tackling Track Safety, Manchester Metrolink, BTP Manchester, St John’s Ambulance & Manchester Fire Service we all set up stall on the main concourse in time for the morning rush.

Rail Safety Week & Network Rail spent the morning speaking to passengers from all walks of life advising on the do’s and don’ts when travelling on the network, as well has handing out freebies to passing people. One school group on their way to Prestatyn stopped by to watch a rail safety video followed by a short, fun quiz with Nick Jordan from Network Rail.

BTP Manchester were advising passengers on safety and security around the network, St Johns Ambulance were on hand with a lifelike dummy giving people critical first aid advice. The Fire Service were also on hand to advise on the do’s and don’ts when on the network and what their past experiences had been. Manchester Metrolink were speaking to passengers about safety when on their light rail network and were on hand to answer queries any passers-by had.

Nick Jordan, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail commented:

“Raising awareness for commuters is key, as Manchester Piccadilly is one the busiest stations not just with commuters but people shopping & getting food it’s a great platform for us to target people from all generations. We want people off the tracks, not only that we want them to understand why, a lot of people don’t understand the railways and that it is a 24/7 environment. We are giving them the facts so in their head they can risks assess it and know that going near the railway is not an option”

All in all, a fantastic day and most importantly we managed to reach out to a lot of people passing through the station.

Others events across the day:

Tackling Track Safety Project today started to broadcast to schools via Learn Live UK delivering the “Stay Off The Tracks” message. Across the week they will be reaching out to around 1800 school children.

Kier have been carrying out Risk Awareness Briefings with thier staff and site teams on Day 1. The focus is to improve awareness perception across our projects in spotting hazards and risks. The sessions have been held at their Signalling Projects across the South East and in our Head Office in Tempsford.

Network Rail on Gospel Oak to Barking are installing over 5km of new fencing to protect public and trespassers from the new 25kv overhead line.

BTP Euston Officers were at Watford Junction distributing ‘Lock Thieves Out’ leaflets.

J Murphy & Sons continued their excellent week with “Walkout Wednesday” where Project Managers, Site Managers and Advisers toured ites to engage operatives in safety conversations, raising close calls and identifying good practice.

BTP Cambridge visited Waterbeach level crossing advising the safety and dangers of level crossings.

Severnside Community Rail Partnership & BTP Bristol gave safety talks to 18th Bristol Cubs at Redland Station who were working towards their personal safety badges.

Amey Rail & Fujitsu UK gave their rail team a demo of the new driver fatigue monitoring equipment.

Costain Rail visited one of their sites at C412 Bond Street, Speedy Hire were available for Q&A after some demonstrations with their supply chain partners: Milwaukee – Had a pop-up tent with a range of cordless tools primarily focusing on Drilling & Breaking with the One Key technology. NLG – On hand to demonstrate Tool Tethering options to keep tools safe when working at height.

These were carried out at the Eastern Ticket Hall compound from 09:30 – 15:30.

Another fantastic day! #buildingsafetytogether
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For more information on Rail Safety Week call 01244957221 or email alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk


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