A TRAIN driver has urged parents to remind children about the dangers of train tracks after children were caught running across the track.

The Reading Station driver posted anonymously online about the incident which happened on Saturday afternoon (April 29) at Calcot Mill level crossing.

At about 6.41pm, four children were reported as trespassing. The train driver described two of the children, a boy and a girl, as ‘running over the crossing’ when the train was approaching.

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The post read: “A boy and girl thought it would be a good idea to run over the crossing as my train was approaching.

“The boy then ran back across. I don’t think I need to explain what would have happened if my train, travelling at 100mph, had met with the boy.

“Just a gentle reminder to you and yours that messing around on the railway lines is not advisable, and perhaps a gentle reminder to your kids, that they should never think it’s a good idea to play about on the lines.

“Trains do not stop like cars, and even with the emergency brake applied, at 100mph, the train will take around a mile to come to a complete stop, and a human will always come off worse than a train.”

A spokesperson for Britain Transport Police (BTP) also urged parents and carers to have conversations with their children following the incident.

They said: “We were called to Calcot Mill level crossing at 6.41pm on 29 April following a report of children trespassing.

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“Officers attended and located four children. They were given words of advice and no further action was taken against them.

“Parents and carers are urged to have a conversation with their children to ensure they are aware of the dangers of the railway.”