Near misses at railway station

Langley Mill rail station has been named as a hotspot where youngsters and trainspotters have risked their lives on the train tracks.

Network Rail, the authority responsible for the UK’s railway network, has produced a list of 23 “near misses” made by drivers travelling through Derbyshire in the past five years.

The warning lists four incidents at Langley Mill, and Network Rail say many more incidents could have gone unreported.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Trespass on the railway is incredibly dangerous. Young people who play chicken are not only risking their lives but also cause shock and distress to train drivers who cannot swerve or brake in time if there are people immediately ahead of them. Statistics of trespass and incidents where people have nearly been struck by trains are often under-reported but are taken very seriously.

On April 9, 2009, at Langley Mill, a youth was reported to have jumped from platform one and on to the tracks. The train driver was ‘shaken up’ but continued to Sheffield, where he was relieved of his duties. On February 10, 2010, a driver reported two youths running down the tracks at Langley Mill as if ‘they were trying to escape a nearby road accident’.

On March 1, 2011, the driver had to make an emergency stop after three youths were seen on the tracks, moving out of the way ‘at the last minute’.

On June 5, 2012, ‘train enthusiasts’ standing inside the boundary fence on the approach to the station were later cautioned.