Second warning over trespassers on SVR line after youths spotted throwing stones on to tracks

By Rory Smith | Bewdley | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

The Severn Valley Railway has issued a second warning to trespassers who continue to walk along the tracks, after youths were spotted throwing stones onto the line.

This TXM road rail machine is typical of the maintenance vehicles still in operation at the railway

Despite the railway being closed to the public since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, maintenance vehicles are still in operation and could be dangerous to those walking on railway property.

Bosses at the heritage line, which runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, raised the issue last week and warned it was upping its security after people were spotted on the tracks and alongside the rails.

General manager Helen Smith said groups of youths have been throwing stones on to the line and others, including families, have been trespassing.

She said: "Some people seem to believe there’s no problem if they walk along the line at the moment, because we’re not running public trains. However, not only is trespassing against the law, but it could also put people at grave risk. We have unscheduled maintenance trains running all the time and I want to stress the danger that people are putting themselves in when they make the choice to trespass on the line.

“We’ve had a series of recent incidents with groups of young people and families walking along the line, as well as youths throwing stones from one of our bridges. All of these people are breaking the law and putting themselves and potentially others at risk by their actions.

"We have CCTV cameras and security patrols in operation and will inform the police about trespassers. If appropriate, legal action will be taken. Please keep away from the line – don’t put yourself at risk.”

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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