Learn Live UK's 'Rail Safe Friendly' education programme

Last updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Scotland's Railway MD Alex Hynes joined Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf MSP and other railway colleagues at the launch of the new 'Rail Safe Friendly' education programme from Learn Live UK

It's aimed at educating our schoolchildren about the dangers of the railway and preventing trespass.

Rail Safe Friendly, which is run by digital education provider Learn Live, was launched in March 2023, and delivers Network Rail’s video safety content directly to schools via the Learn Live Channel.

Already, over 1,400 schools are on board with the programme across the UK and industry partners including ScotRail, Freightliner, Story Contracting, Keltbray and SPL Powerlines have signed up to support the scheme.

Liz Ballantyne, whose 11-year-old son Harrison was tragically electrocuted in 2017 after entering the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire to retrieve his football, also made an emotional speech at the event, highlighting the importance of teaching rail safety before it is too late.

Harrison, from Crick, in Northamptonshire, died at the rail freight depot after he climbed on to a stationary freight wagon and received a fatal electric shock from an overhead cable, despite not touching it.

Big thanks to Rosshall Academy in Glasgow for hosting the event.

You can watch a video from the event here...