A shock poster using coffin-shaped railway sleepers with “Rest in Peace” messages has been put up in Birmingham New Street station to deter track trespassers.
Rail chiefs launched the campaign after about 9,000 reported incidents of trespass on the railway last year.
The poster campaign has been launched by Network Rail (NR) with posters, entitled “What Price Your Life?”, appearing at the 18 major stations run by the company.
NR said there have been instances of people jumping on to the tracks at stations to retrieve dropped mobile phones, hats, bags, and even spectacles.
Others, realising they are on the wrong platform, decide to run across the tracks instead of crossing safely via the concourse or footbridge.
NR’s community safety head, Martin Gallagher, said: “We’re launching this poster campaign to highlight the very real dangers of trespassing on the railway.
“We’re also seeing a lot of incidents happen after 9pm when, maybe after a night out, people’s judgments aren’t at their best.
“You wouldn’t step out in front of a speeding car to retrieve a mobile phone or a bag you’d dropped, so why jump on to the tracks as a train approaches?
“I think these posters make it crystal clear that you are risking your life.”