GTR (Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express!) promoted Rail Safety Week by asking their senior managers to get out and about at stations and depots to speak to people about safety. They focused on the importance of reporting with the message of “Report and Support” being talked about with their colleagues.
GTR also released a reimagined version of the children’s classic ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ to remind passengers to never try and retrieve items off the tracks. The song, called the ‘Keep off the Track’ track, was released on Spotify. During 2022-23, more than 400 people risked their lives by stepping onto a train track to retrieve dropped items, an increase of 18% from 2021-22. Industry data also reveals that in 2022, more than 60 hours of train delays were caused by items being dropped on tracks.
Their Health, Safety and Security Director Samantha Facey was on Radio throughout #RSW23 highlighting the importance of looking after belongings and not to get onto the track. Listen to the BBC 3CR recording here.
Plus, as the weather was hot during the week, Great Northern encouraged passengers to carry a bottle of water during the warm weather and if anyone was feeling unwell, they were encouraged to stay on the platform where colleagues can help more easily.