Rail bosses have issued a warning about the dangers of trespassing on the line after two teenagers were seen on the track near Bowling.

The incident, on April 7, was one of more than 50 trespass incidents recorded on the railways since schools closed ahead of the full lockdown in March.

The company says despite most people observing the government’s guidelines on staying home and social distancing, the railway is still seeing trespassing and vandalism on the tracks.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Scotland route director, said: “During the lockdown keeping your distance doesn’t just mean from other people – it means from the tracks too.

“Trespassing on the railway can be a fatal mistake. Trains take a long time to stop and anyone struck by one will suffer life-changing injuries or worse.

“The railway is also full of hidden dangers – like overhead power lines which can carry up to 25,000 volts and kill instantly.

“We’re urging the public to stay safe and off the railway – allowing us to focus on supporting the country through this crisis by keeping key workers and vital freight services on the move.”

Network Rail works closely with the British Transport Police and says trespassers and vandals will be prosecuted.

The public can also help to keep the railway safe by contacting Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114141 to report any locations where trespassers are gaining access to the tracks.