Brine Leas girls on railway in Nantwich

A headteacher has warned Nantwich parents after school pupils were pictured walking down the main railway line as a short-cut to and from Brine Leas School.

These images show youngsters walking along the main Shrewsbury to Manchester line close to Stapeley Terrace in Nantwich.

In one, the girl on the left appears to stumble on the stones towards the track itself.

And witnesses say this is a regular occurrence, with groups of girls and boys often spotted walking down the middle of the track itself.

Anyone caught on the rail line can be prosecuted by Network Rail and heavily fined.

One witness who lives close to the tracks said he sees pupils walking on the line almost every school day.

“Network Rail have made the trains honk the horn at any time of day because of this idiocy,” he said.

“It’s not always the same kids. I’ve even seen some walking down the centre of the track!

“It’s always Brine Leas pupils from the uniform they have on. This is seriously dangerous and irresponsible.”

We’ve masked the identity of the pupils but Brine Leas School has vowed to work with the police and Network Rail to stop pupils putting their lives in danger.

Horrified Brine Leas headteacher Andrew Cliffe vowed to take action.

He told Nantwich News: “Thank you for alerting us to this problem.

“We will involve families and the police in addressing this very dangerous and reckless practice.”

Mr Cliffe has now contacted all parents.

He added: “There is no public right of way alongside of the railway line in Nantwich and it is putting lives at risk.

“We will try to discover who is walking along the tracks and, obviously, if we find out specific names we will let the relevant parents know. I will also be informing the police so that they are aware of this practice.”

Five years ago, Nantwich dad Scott Hargreaves suffered horrific injuries when he stumbled and fell on the same stretch of track walking home from a night out.

He knocked himself out after falling, and a late night train was unable to stop in time. Scott lost an arm and a leg in the accident.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We can’t express enough the danger you are putting yourself in if you choose to take a risk on the railway.

“It’s not a bit of harmless fun, there is serious risk of death.

“We work closely with the British Transport Police on the issue of trespass and we regularly go into schools to educate young people on the dangers.

“The railway is not a playground and should not be used as a short cut. If you see anybody trespassing on the railway, please report it to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.”

And a spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “The risks of trespassing onto the tracks cannot be overstated. Trains travel at incredibly high speeds, someone is putting their life in risk when the walk on the railway line.

“Not only is trespassing incredibly dangerous, it is also illegal and officers will work to prosecute offenders.

“If anyone ever witnesses someone trespassing, they can report it to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency dial 999.”

More information on trespass can be found at

Brine Leas girls on railway in Nantwich


  1. Jade Robinson says:

    Haha, what muppets, they think this is the short cut to use the crossing across the lines a little further up, however if they had bothered to check a flipping map, they would see that the road they want actually joins the housing estate to their left 100yds back.
    I take it every parent for every pupil at that school has demanded answers to this reckless behaviour.
    All this is because there are no school buses running for the little dears !!

  2. Unless in these non gender Pacific times the boys are now wearing skirts they appear to all be female in the pictures.

  3. Why hide their faces? Shame them and perhaps their parents will do something about it.

  4. Matt Redson says:

    Disgraceful where are the parents ?!! Police need to man the actual crossings till this is stamped out.
    I wondered why as I live close to the railways the train horns were so loud, very angry as we damm well have to live with this noise !!

  5. Gez Thomas says:

    Madness, all they had to do was to pull up a map of the area to find the quickest route to school, and it’s not down the railway line, but through Cronkinson Estate relatively safely.
    Hope they are more successful in their studies than they are in life skills, epic fail !!

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