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Video warning dangers of level crossings filmed at Newport secondary school



Video warning dangers of level crossings filmed at Newport secondary school after death of two former pupils

Network Rail have been filming at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport – the school of teenagers Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson who were tragically killed at Elsenham level crossing in December 2005.

The video, being filmed yesterday at what used to be Newport Free Grammar School, will be shown to 12 to 19-years olds in schools, youth centres and sports clubs to raise awareness of level crossing safety.

In an email sent out to parents, headteacher Gordon Farquhar called the deaths of the pupils “one of the most heartbreaking events in the Academy’s history”.

Olivia’s mother, Tina Hughes, has been working with Network Rail for a number of years regarding promoting rail safely amongst teenagers after her 14-year-old daughter was tragically killed.


Ms Hughes, who has been working with Network Rail on a variety of videos to raise awareness, approached the school to see if they would get involved.

Mr Farquhar added: “There are teachers here who taught the girls and this matter is very close to all our hearts, for this reason, I thought it was important for the Academy to be involved.”


The video, which will be available early next year, will tell a fictional story about a group of people affected by an accident at a level crossing.

Actors have been used for the main roles – but staff and students will also be used as extras.


Mr Farquhar told the News: “I don’t ever want people to think that we don’t still remember what has happened.

“Olivia’s old form tutor Mr Simon Curran is still here and he will never forget. Also the girls’ head of year Mrs Rebecca Imhagwe still teaches here.”


He added: “It is particularly important to us to raise awareness as we have a lot of students come in by train and we also have an unmanned level crossing.

“I would like the level crossing to be closed, as well as the public footpath into the school.”


A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Tina Hughes has played a crucial role in spearheading improvements in the way Network Rail manages safety at level crossings.

“She has helped to reduce the risk posed by level crossings by over a quarter, and she continues to be a real force and inspiration in our efforts.


The spokesperson added: “We are fully committed to reducing the number of level crossings across the east of England and continue to look at ways to make crossings more reliable, as well providing alternative means to cross the railway.”

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