Pupils from at least 100 schools along the Cambrian Line will be taught about the dangers around level crossings and trespassing.

A new collaboration between the Cambrian Railway Partnership and Rail Safe Friendly will see pupils throughout mid Wales taught about the dangers of trespassing on railways in order to raise awareness and prevent injuries.

Primary and secondary schools located within 3km of the Cambrian Line will be educated on the dangers surrounding them by Rail Safe Friendly, which is run by digital education provider Learn Live.

To achieve the programme’s gold standard, pupils from the schools will be producing their own rail safety videos or posters based on what they have learned.


Claire Williams, Cambrian Railway Partnership Development Officer, said, “The Cambrian Railway Partnership sees this as a significant priority as it has the most level crossings than any other line in Wales and as a result has invested in educating children and young people in how to be safe around the railways.

“We are delighted to be working with Rail Safe Friendly to deliver this programme to thousands of school pupils including youth groups such as scouts.

“Rail is one of the safest forms of travel, however, safety incidents involving children still occur. This is why promoting safety on the railway is our top priority.

“We believe that the early engagement with young people will help prevent them taking unnecessary risks.

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“They will be able to make smarter, more educated choices, when it comes to their safety and behaviour around level crossings and on trains.”

Rail Safe Friendly was launched in March 2023 with the aim of producing educational content directly to schools via the Learn Live Channel, with over 1,000 schools across the UK already signing up for the programme.

Stuart Heaton, Founder and Managing Director of Learn Live and Rail Safe Friendly, said, “We’re delighted to welcome the Cambrian Railway Partnership to the Rail Safe Friendly programme.

“Thanks to their support vital rail safety education will be delivered directly to hundreds of children living close to the Cambrian Line.

“It is a great testament to the Cambrian Railway Partnership’s investment in the communities that it serves that it is supporting Rail Safe Friendly to ensure young people are educated about the dangers of trespassing on the railway.”