A number of dog walkers and factory workers in Corby are risking their lives by crossing the railway lines near Corby Railway Station.
British Transport Police have issued a stark warning to people trespassing on the lines and say they are increasing patrols in that area.
PC Luke Maher of British Transport Police explains: “We have noticed an increase in the number of local residents and factory workers who are using the railway lines as a short cut from home to work and as a route for dog walking.
“Residents living close to the railway are walking their dogs across the lines and staff from factories near the station have been using the tracks as a short cut to get to and from their work place.
“Trespassing, as well as breaking the law, is extremely dangerous and I want to reinforce the message that this area is not a public footpath, official or unofficial right of way, and is clearly marked as such.”
Now, in a bid to deter further problems, BTP officers will be paying close attention to the station and surrounding area, with increased patrols and a partnership approach with Northamptonshire Police.
PC Maher added, “The railway is not a recreational area and trespassing on or around the tracks is not only dangerous but can have serious – and sometimes fatal – consequences. Residents are putting themselves and their dogs in danger.
“We are working closely with Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and Corby Borough Council to find a longer term solution, but in the short term we want to educate people about the dangers in a hope that they will use alternative routes.
“We won’t tolerate any form of trespassing and we will take action against anyone who continues to ignore our warnings.”
Phone British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 if you see people walking on the lines.