Guidelines for Rail Enthusiasts visiting stations on the National Rail network
|All Britain's Train Operating Companies and Network Rail welcome rail enthusiasts to their stations. The following guidelines are designed to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience in the pursuit of your interest.|
|Before you enter the platform|
|At major stations please inform the Duty Manager of your
presence. This will ensure that station staff are aware that you are on
the station and they can go about their duties without concern as to
your reasons for being there. At smaller stations you should ensure that
you advise a member of the station staff of your activites.
You may require a platform ticket to allow access to platforms.
|On the station platform|
|You should ensure you act safely and sensibly at all times.
Please remember the following:
Be aware of your surroundings. We also kindly ask you to take note of any unusual behaviour and activities and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or for more serious incidents, to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency, dial 999. Your presence at the station can be very helpful to us as extra "eyes and ears" and can be a positive security benefit.
|Taking photographs on stations is permitted providing it is for personal use. For any commercial photography, prior permission must be sought from the appropriate train operator or, from Network Rail at their 17 major stations. On busy stations the use of a tripod may cause a dangerous obstruction to passengers and you may be asked not to use one. In addition, tripod legs must also be kept away from platform edges and beyond the yellow lines. Flash photography on platforms is not allowed as it may distract the attention of train drivers and train despatch staff and is therefore a potential safety hazard, You are also not allowed to take photographs of security related equipment such as CCTV cameras.|
|To ensure ease of travel and safety on the railway system (which includes passemgers, staff, property and equipment), the Byelaws must be observed by everyone. A copy of the Byelaws can be obtained at most staffed stations and is downloadable from the SRA website.|
|A key priority for Train Operators is to ensure the safety
of their passengers and staff. You may very occasionally be asked by
station staff to move to another part of the station or to leave the
station altogether. Station staff should be happy to explain why this is
necessary and if you are travelling on by train they may advise you to
remain in the normal waiting areas with other passengers. If this
occurs, please do so with goodwill as staff have many things to consider
including the safety and security of all passengers and are authorised
to use judgement in this regard.
Thank you for reading and complying with these guidelines. We hope you will find this information useful when you next visit a station.
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