Trespassers warned to keep off rail track

Swindon Advertiser: From left, Brian Pound and Dave Peacey of Swindon and Cricklade railway warn about crossing the tracks From left, Brian Pound and Dave Peacey of Swindon and Cricklade railway warn about crossing the tracks

“STAY off the tracks before a serious accident happens”. That is the warning from volunteers at Swindon and Cricklade Railway.

They say they are constantly seeing adults and children crossing the railway tracks as a short cut into fields near Mouldon Hill.

Vice-chairman Dave Peacey said the problems were mainly happening on the southern side of the track.

“It is just sheer stupidity,” he said.“People come out from behind the hedges, which means the drivers have to slam the brakes on, but what people don’t seem to realise is that if the trains are travelling at 10 miles an hour it can take 100 metres to stop – there’s no way they can stop any sooner.

“It’s an endless problem and we have got it all the time but it is probably only a handful of people who are doing it.

“We need to catch them and, if we do, we will be prosecuting because it is a criminal offence.”

In a bid to end the problem, the volunteers have put up wire fencing and warning signs but say trespassers have cut the fencing down and smashed the signs in a bid to cut a few minutes off their journey.

Chairman Brian Pound said: “We see people walking dogs along the lines, lifting bikes over the fence and cycling along, holding their children’s hands and crossing the lines. “We haven’t prosecuted anyone yet, but if we can catch them we will.

“We need to take a stand, we’d rather prosecute someone than somebody get killed.”

Dave said: “We have to think of our crews. If something did happen, it would prey on their minds forever, but it wouldn’t be their fault.

“We travel that section of track all the time.

“At weekends we are up and down every hour, but we also go down there a lot for maintenance reasons so it is in use 24 hours a day.

“I know when people moved into the homes that back on to the railway, it was in their deeds that a railway ran along the back of their gardens so if they didn’t like us being there, they shouldn’t have bought the houses.

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12:56pm Thu 7 Feb 13

The Real Librarian says...

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In a bid to end the problem, the volunteers have put up wire fencing and warning signs but say trespassers have cut the fencing down and smashed the signs in a bid to cut a few minutes off their journey.
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Fair enough - run them over then.

Its their own stupid fault
QUOTE In a bid to end the problem, the volunteers have put up wire fencing and warning signs but say trespassers have cut the fencing down and smashed the signs in a bid to cut a few minutes off their journey. UNQUOTE Fair enough - run them over then. Its their own stupid fault The Real Librarian

3:03pm Thu 7 Feb 13

rmc001 says...

I like the final sentence, it's true, when you choose a house, you choose everything that goes with it. The time to react is when you've been living there and they add something that was never in the planning.
I like the final sentence, it's true, when you choose a house, you choose everything that goes with it. The time to react is when you've been living there and they add something that was never in the planning. rmc001

7:58pm Thu 7 Feb 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Trespass on the railways is criminal trespass so these people are not being prosecuted because....?

It can't be that difficult to track some of them down.
Trespass on the railways is criminal trespass so these people are not being prosecuted because....? It can't be that difficult to track some of them down. LordAshOfTheBrake

1:42pm Fri 8 Feb 13

swindon_mini says...

rmc001 wrote:
I like the final sentence, it's true, when you choose a house, you choose everything that goes with it. The time to react is when you've been living there and they add something that was never in the planning.
The land has always belonged to Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Not sure if it mentions railway tracks in the deeds though.

Though the real kick in the teeth and should be brought up with Swindon and cricklade was that there was a little Bridge that went under the line. Looks like it couldn't hold the weight of a train and it looks like they demolished it and build up the embankment in its place, why didn't they replace it if they didn't want people to cross their line!
[quote][p][bold]rmc001[/bold] wrote: I like the final sentence, it's true, when you choose a house, you choose everything that goes with it. The time to react is when you've been living there and they add something that was never in the planning.[/p][/quote]The land has always belonged to Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Not sure if it mentions railway tracks in the deeds though. Though the real kick in the teeth and should be brought up with Swindon and cricklade was that there was a little Bridge that went under the line. Looks like it couldn't hold the weight of a train and it looks like they demolished it and build up the embankment in its place, why didn't they replace it if they didn't want people to cross their line! swindon_mini

3:18pm Fri 8 Feb 13

swindon_mini says...

This was the bridge they demolished.

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This was the bridge they demolished. http://www.flickr.co m/photos/stevekingd1 015/8113677554/in/ph otostream/ swindon_mini

3:31pm Fri 8 Feb 13

swindon_mini says...

Interestingly I know for a fact this bridge was demolished before August 2012, however it looks like the bridge was demolished before the application was submitted let alone approved!

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Interestingly I know for a fact this bridge was demolished before August 2012, however it looks like the bridge was demolished before the application was submitted let alone approved! http://www.swindonad vertiser.co.uk/news/ archive/2012/11/02/P ublic+Notices/100224 00.Swindon_Borough_C ouncil___Planning_Ap plications/ swindon_mini

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