Stay safe with Detective Handswell
Hull Trains is passionate about safety – both on and off the tracks. That’s why our very own safety mascot, Detective Handswell, is always on the case to highlight any potential hazards and to keep everybody safe. Look out for him on board all our trains. He’s there to keep you safe.
Detective Handswell says: “Millions of young people live close to a railway line and use the railway to travel to school, to visit friends or to go on holiday but the tracks are for trains not people – so stay safe play games online not on the line.”
“Travelling by train is a safe and fun way to get around the country – in fact it is the safest form of land transport in Britain – but train tracks are dangerous places. The best way to stay safe is to stay off the tracks!”
BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS AT LEVEL CROSSINGS
There are over 6,500 level crossings in the UK. When you see the lights of a level crossing beginning to flash, never be tempted to ignore them and cross the line. Be patient and you’ll soon be safely on your way.
STAY OFF THE TRACKS
Trespassing on the tracks or embankment areas surrounding them is not only illegal, but can also result in disastrous accidents. Taking a short cut across a railway line or chasing after something you’ve dropped could end in disaster, so just don’t do it!
NEVER GO NEAR THE OVERHEAD POWER LINES
The overhead cables that run above the track carry a very high electrical voltage – 12 times stronger than an electric chair; 25,000 volts in fact. This electricity can ‘jump’ outwards too so you don’t even need to touch the cables either with your hand or anything you’re holding to get an extremely nasty shock and severe burns. Stay well away at all times. Going too close can have fatal consequences!
KEEP BACK FROM THE PLATFORM EDGE
Trains often travel through stations at high speed, and you’re putting yourself at risk if you stand too close to the edge of the platform. Pay attention to the markings that indicate the safe standing distance, and when your train arrives, wait until it’s come to a complete stop.
WATCH YOUR STEP
Platforms can be slippery when wet and wind can be dangerous too. Some stations have been there a very long time and this means that the height of the train you’re travelling on and the platform won’t always match up exactly. So always take care when getting on and off the train and be sure to ‘mind the gap’!