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NEW BILINGUAL SAFETY FILM PRODUCED BY COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP TEACHES SAFETY AND RESPECT IN A NEW WAY

22 Jun 2012 | Category: News

The Cambrian Railways Partnership has launched a brand new bilingual rail safety made exclusively on the Cambrian Lines.

Between Pwllheli and Borth, this film is aimed at 10-14 year olds and teaches them not only the basic safety advice they need to follow, but also suggests ways to behave whilst at platforms and on the trains themselves.

“It’s not just about ‘standing behind the yellow line’, it’s also about ‘keeping dirty shoes off the seats’” said Rhydian Mason, Development Officer of the Cambrian Railways Partnership.

Pupils from both Ardudwy and Tywyn high schools star in the film, which has been funded by the Cambrian Railways Partnership, TraCC (the mid Wales transportation consortium), Network Rail and Cyngor Gwynedd.

“We’ve been able to bring together all the relevant organisations who are involved in the rail industry and produce a film that fills an important gap in the current rail safety provision that is available to schools and other groups. It really demonstrates the value of community rail partnerships as organisations that can achieve great things for their locality and beyond,” added Rhydian.

“Whilst the film itself has been made with Ardudwy and Tywyn schools in mind, and includes locations that those pupils who do travel by train to school will be familiar with, the film could be used across the rail network, as the safety advice included in the film, as well as the suggestions on how to behave in a respectful manner on the train are relevant anywhere.

“We were keen to include good old-fashioned advice like keeping feet of the seats, no bad language, no tomfoolery and such like as this is the kind of thing that isn’t really given to young people in basic language any more. However, such behaviour can and does often get on the nerves of other passengers, so we’re keen to do our bit in this area too.”

“Many of the pupils might be using the train for the first time without their parents or guardians when they start at either of these high schools, so it’s important that we’re able to show them a typical journey on film, introducing the scenarios that they’re likely to come across. Stations, platforms, request stops, crossings, and of course the train itself. Our aim in this has always been to give them the knowledge that they need to be able to make their journeys safe and without drawing undue attention to themselves.”

Filmed, scripted and edited by Aberystwyth based Aber Media Productions, the film has been shot in high definition using state of the art equipment. Charles Symons of the company said: “We’re a relatively young company based in Mid Wales but with the same quality values as you’d get in any of the larger London based companies.

“We’re pleased to have been involved in this project as it’s not often you get the chance to make a film like this, working with pupils from a school, trains, tracks, level crossings, and of course the stunning scenery of the Cambrian lines. There’s every chance that this film could save a life – and it’s nice to be able to bring professional values to a production that has started off as a community project. I’m personally very proud of this production,” he said.