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Translink awards top prize to Limavady student in Railway Level Crossing Safety Awareness challenge

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Translink NI Railways have announced the top performing students of the 2016 Level Crossing Safety Awareness Challenge at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim. The first place student was Conor McLoughlin from Glenariff, second place was awarded to Lowry McCollum from Limavady and in third place was Alexander Boyd from Newtownabbey.

The Translink NI Railways Safety Challenge has been part of the induction programme for first year Further Education Agriculture and Land Based Technology students at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim since 2012.

Level Crossing Risk Coordinator at Translink, Keith Pollock, said:

“We have been working with CAFRE since 2012 and it is really valuable for us to be able to engage with these young people by being part of their induction programme. Safety is our top priority at Translink and the challenge is a useful way of educating students about the importance of level crossing safety, that could impact them now or in their future careers, or even as pedestrians or motorists near the railway network.

Our talk with the students involves level crossing information, hard hitting images and footage of near misses at level crossings. Students then undertake a challenge of multi choice questions to evaluate what they have taken away from the session.  The students this year were particularly responsive to the detail and footage in the presentation.

Throughout the year we promote the safe use of private crossings by attending agriculture shows, visiting landowners, carrying out training for crossing users and devising safety initiatives for young farmers, such as this Level Crossing Awareness Scheme. We are also working with licenced vehicle operators, in partnership with the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association, to help them educate their drivers on the safe use of level crossings.

Senior Lecturer for Agriculture at Greenmount College, Irene Downey, said:

“The Translink NIRailways Level Crossing Safety challenge has been very valuable for our students. It highlights the importance of safety at level crossings and the presentation from Translink reinforces the messages very clearly.

Our new students produced a great set of results in the challenge and they have come away with knowledge which will no doubt help them in their future careers.

The top three students received a special trophy made from a cross section of railway track and a 32 MB Memory stick each to help them with their studies.”

Translink NIRailways attend agricultural shows to promote the safe use of private crossings and speak with visitors on the importance of level crossing safety. For more information or to download Translink’s safety booklet, “The safe use of user worked crossings’ visitwww.translink.co.uk/privatecrossings/

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