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Safety warning issued after trespassing affects Network Rail monitoring

Network Rail has issued a safety warning to residents and tourists in Hessle and North Ferriby after a number of incidents involving trespass on a footpath closed to enable ground monitoring work.

Network Rail has said that it has closed the footpath in East Yorkshire in late July to allow a programme of monitoring to be undertaken following discovery of a crack in a rail embankment.

No track restrictions are currently in place but Network Rail has said that the monitoring is essential to check for ground movement in order to ensure the rail route remains safe to use.

Network Rail has said that there have been a number of issues with people ignoring the closure and even walking on the railways lines to avoid the closure.

“The footpath is closed for a reason,” Network Rail community safety manager Vicki Beadle. “Safety is our top priority and while we appreciate that closing a footpath isn’t ideal, it’s necessary to make sure we can continue to run trains safely.

“We have worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum by keeping the path open on weekends and we need people to follow the warnings and keep off the footpath.

“We’ve seen incidents of people walking along the railway, which is incredibly dangerous and could have fatal consequences. We’re working closely with the British Transport Police to tackle this and we have improved barriers in the area, but we need people to do their bit too and treat the railway with the respect it deserves.”

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