Dad lets young daughters play on tracks in shocking footage as warning issued

​A father and his children playing on the tracks

A father and his children playing on the tracks

Network Rail
Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 14/08/2023

- 12:32

Updated: 14/08/2023

- 12:53

The clip was released alongside five others, all showing "incredibly dangerous behaviour” at level crossings

A father let his toddlers play on live railway lines, as captured in outrageous CCTV footage.

The footage released by Network Rail showed the family playing on the tracks for over 90 seconds.

In the clip, the dad can be seen checking his phone even after his daughter tells him “a train is coming”.

The company also published five other CCTV recordings of “incredibly dangerous behaviour” at crossings in Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

Network Rail have said the footage released to the public just shows a handful of examples of poor behaviour.

The footage was released as part of a safety warning made today.

The six examples in the compilation have been selected out of out of nearly 50 cases of misuse either reported by train drivers or caught on cameras.

In another clip, a teenager does one-armed press-ups on the crossing whilst loud music plays.

A different video shows two dog walkers taking a photo of their pets in the middle of the crossing.

The pair then rushed across the railway lines, just eight seconds before a high-speed train passes.

Footage also shows a young boy on a scooter speeding over the crossing, mere seconds before a train came shooting down the tracks.

Two boys were also captured putting stones on the tracks so that the trains would run over them.

\u200bTwo dog walkers forcing their dogs to pose for photos

Two dog walkers forcing their dogs to pose for photos

Network Rail

Alexandra France, Network Rail level crossing safety manager, said: "In so many of the incidents filmed, the difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for those involved.

"I can't downplay the danger they were in - with serious injury or worse a huge possibility.

"No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must obey the rules around using level crossings every time they use it. It just really isn't worth the risk."

Network rail level crossing safety teams are visiting the crossings where these incidents are occurring to warn people of the dangers.

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