Network Rail safety video premiered at Newport school

PUBLISHED: 16:06 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 13 February 2015

From left, Sandy Bellashe, communications project manager for level crossings safety, Tina Hughes, mum of Olivia Bazlinton and Network Rail level crossings safety advocate, Richard Schofield, route manager director for Network Rail, Gordon Farquar, headmaster at Joyce Frankland Academy, Daren Furness, head of level crossings for Network Rail, Victoria Barrett, account director for The Edge Picture Company, and Sunny Dimitriadou, producer for The Edge.

From left, Sandy Bellashe, communications project manager for level crossings safety, Tina Hughes, mum of Olivia Bazlinton and Network Rail level crossings safety advocate, Richard Schofield, route manager director for Network Rail, Gordon Farquar, headmaster at Joyce Frankland Academy, Daren Furness, head of level crossings for Network Rail, Victoria Barrett, account director for The Edge Picture Company, and Sunny Dimitriadou, producer for The Edge.

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"Stop, look, listen, live", was the message given this afternoon to students at the former school of two pupils killed at a level crossing.

Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and Charlotte Thompson, 13, both pupils at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport, were killed by a 70mph train at a rail crossing in Elsenham in 2005.

Since then, Olivia’s mother Tina Hughes has campaigned tirelessly to promote safety at level crossings, and now works with Network Rail in this capacity.

Having received an MBE at Buckingham Palace just last Friday, Tina Hughes was in Newport today, to watch the premiere of a level crossing video filmed at Joyce Frankland Academy with hundreds of pupils.

Focus groups at the school helped develop ideas for the video, a hard-hitting, fictional account of boy’s death at a level crossing.

“I wanted to say I really, really appreciate the headmaster and the staff and all of you who were involved in the film today,” Tina Hughes told the pupils.

“It’s really important that we have made a film like that, which will be taken to lots and lots of schools,” she added.

An officer from British Transport Police, as well as headmaster Gordon Farquhar, addressed the pupils, who all received a “Stop, look, listen, live” bag as well as a copy of the film.

Gordon Farquhar said: “The deaths of Olivia and Charlotte were one of the most devastating events in our school’s history and as a consequence our pupils feel strongly about level crossing safety. We were all keen to be able to contribute in a lasting way to a safety message that might help keep people alive.”

The film is aimed a young people aged 12 and above and will be distributed to schools across the country through Network Rail’s community safety managers. The film can be found at http://youtu.be/ZoGfw2taFNg

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