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Calls for Rail Safety to on National Curriculum


 Sun 28 Oct 2012 Train drivers calls for rail safety lessons
Train driver calls for rail safety lessons in schools
- last updated Sun 28 Oct 2012

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This driver had a near miss with a train Photo: ITV Wales picture
More than a hundred people die every year after being hit by a train whilst trespassing on railway lines.

Those working for rail companies fear the rail safety message isn't getting through, especially to children.

Train driver Geraint Llewellyn almost ran over two children in Britton Ferry earlier this year. He's now offering lessons to schools to try to avoid another similar incident, and he's been lobbying AM's to add rail safety lessons to the national curriculum in Wales

“It was a very frightening for myself. I watched it unfold in front of my eyes. The little boy froze because we were trying to blow the horn, and he froze in front of me.

– Geraint Llewellyn, train driver
No one was hurt in that incident, but it's had a big impact on Geraint.

Now the company he works for is supporting his campaign.

“We've actually experienced near misses and been involved in fatalities. When we tell our stories to the children they get an understanding of how it effects the drivers.

– Ian Rowlands, Driver Manager
If they get their way rail safety would be put on the national curriculum, to try to stop other near misses or deaths

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