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Teen's 'life-changing' trespass used in railway campaign

BBC Midlands Today

The story of a teenager who suffered serious burns after touching a 25,000-volt overhead power cable's being used in a new campaign to try and cut the number of trespassers on the country's railways.

Tom Hubbard next to railway line
BBC

Tom Hubbard was 16 when the accident happened at a depot near Rugby railway station in June 2014.

At the time, the ambulance service said he'd climbed on top of a stationary freight train when he touched the cable by accident and suffered third-degree burns across 57% of his body.

Now, Network Rail's telling his story on social media to show the life-changing impact that the accident had on him and his family.

The organisation said their latest figures show there were 250 cases every week of people 'messing about on the railway' with teenagers involved in a third of cases.

Rail passengers urged to check before taking trains

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rail passengers wanting to travel over the bank holiday weekend face extensive disruption because of engineering works.

Network Rail maintenance workers
Network Rail

On 5 May buses will be replacing trains between Lewisham and Dartford, as signalling is upgraded.

There will also be replacement buses between Sevenoaks, Paddock Wood and Tunbridge Wells because of track maintenance.

Signalling upgrades also mean replacement buses between Lewisham and Orpington on 6 May.

More than 800 metres of Coventry rail track replaced

More than 800 metres of rail track have been replaced over Easter in Coventry, National Rail says.

It was renewed between Canley and Tile Hill stations.

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