PARENTS were today urged to stop their children playing on railway lines during the summer.
The plea came from rail operator Arriva Trains Northern.
Parents are being asked to spend just five minutes to drill in the dangers of playing near rail lines.
ATN managing director Ray Price said: "Now the school summer holidays are here we want to stress the importance of not straying on to railway lines.
"With six weeks of free time children may start to consider investigating new places to play.
"We want local children to understand that although it may appear exciting to fool around on or near railway lines it is incredibly dangerous."
Mr Price said parents needed to remind youngsters about the dangers of trespassing.
"Our hope is that together we can persuade youngsters to play safe this summer and not put themselves in a position where they could be hurt or even killed," said Mr Price.
ATN and the police have got together on schemes to reduce trespassing and vandalism.
These include train shadowing programmes, which involve police officers travelling in train cabs and reporting any trespassers to mobile crews following train routes by car.
This month, 17 Arriva employees became special constables.
Chief Insp Danny Snee, of the British Transport Police, warned children they faced prosecution if they went on railway lines.
Anyone who has seen trespassing on the rail network should call 0800 405 040. All calls are treated in confidence.