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BTP Reveal Train Surfing Figures
Police recorded eight cases of ‘train surfing’ in Lanarkshire during the past six years.
Train surfing is the practice of catching a ride on the outside of a moving train. It’s highly dangerous, with a risk of death or serious injury from electrocution, colliding with bridges or falling into the path of other trains.
A Freedom of Information response from the British Transport Police reveals that the force has recorded 46 incidents of train surfing in Scotland since 2010.
There have been two incidents at Hamilton Central in the last six years – on July 23, 2010, and December 30, 2013. Hamilton West was the scene of another incident on July 26, 2012.
Larkhall Railway station had an incident on November 2, 2011.
The other Lanarkshire incidents were: Holytown Railway Station on June 25, 2011; Coatbridge Sunnyside Station on November 24, 2011, and October 18, 2012; and Coatdyke Railway Station on August 3, 2015.
There were 23 incidents in Glasgow, with the most recent at Singer station in Clydebank last month on February 9. That was one of two recorded this year. The other was at Renton, Dumbartonshire the day before. British Transport Police recorded 512 incidents around Britain since 2010