Gorebridge pupil’s poster highlights railway dangers

Eilidh Taylor (10)  with her winning poster
Eilidh Taylor (10) with her winning poster

A Gorebridge pupil has won a rail safety poster competition, highlighting the dangers that the soon to be re-opened Borders Railway could pose.

With the construction of the Borders Railway due to be completed next month, Network Rail and British Transport Police have engaged with 26 local primary schools throughout Midlothian and the Borders to highlight the dangers of living near a railway as part of their Rail Safety Reps education programme.

The programme saw a poster competition take place in primary schools throughout both areas. The winning Midlothian poster design came from Gorebridge Primary School P6 pupil Eilidh Taylor.

Gorebridge Primary School depute headteacher Pauline Copeland believes the rail safety programme is important for pupils.

She said: “This competition was an excellent way to engage our pupils and allow them to understand the potential dangers of the railway.

“We’re proud that Eilidh’s design caught the eye of the judges.

“The Rail Safety Reps education programme at the school follows the excellent Scottish Youth Theatre safety workshops last year.

“We look forward to working with British Transport Police and Network Rail into the future.”

Katie Vollbracht, senior programme development manager at Network Rail, said: “The team were very impressed with the creativity and inspired poster designs from the pupils and with how much effort the schools themselves put behind the rail safety scheme.

“Engineering trains are already travelling along the line so it is essential that young people are aware of the risks.

“We are committed to continuing to work with schools along the route to underline the safety message.”

Gorebridge Primary School was also awarded with £250 by the safety scheme for its efforts in communicating and engaging with pupils about rail safety messages. Activities at the school included a visit from Aileen Campbell, Minister for Young People who launched the Scottish Youth Theatre’s Drama Safety workshop there.

The Borders Railway Schools Safety Awareness activities will continue into August and September, with summer sports activities and Scottish Youth Theatre workshops at local high schools.