Schools news: Edith Neville pupils design posters for St Pancras station on dangers of railway

Faiza and her poster.

Faiza and her poster. - Credit: Archant

Children from a Camden primary school have produced posters to be displayed at St Pancras International Station to warn commuters of the dangers posed by the railway.

Hazel's poster

Hazel's poster - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Edith Neville Primary in Ossulston Street, Euston, designed the posters as part of a competition organised by British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail to highlight the dangers of misusing the railway.

The competition was spilt into two categories – ages five to seven and seven to 11 – and gave children three weeks to design their own safety poster.

PC Mohamamad Mahmood, from BTP, said: “The potential dangers of the railway cannot be underestimated and this competition was an ideal opportunity to highlight these dangers in a way that engages the young people.”

Last month, the winning entries were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the school which is within 400 metres of St Pancras International and King’s Cross stations.

Winner of the five to seven age group was Hazel Sydenham, who designed a poster highlighting the dangers of trespassing on the tracks.

Faiza Khan was winner of the seven to 11 category with a collage of safety messages and bright pictures, spanning almost a metre.

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The winning posters will be displayed at St Pancras International in the coming weeks, which has up to one million visitors passing through each week.

Prizes for second and third places included a trip to the London Transport Museum as well as games from Hamleys Toy Shop, based at the station.

The children will also be invited for a special behind-the-scenes tour of St Pancras International, including a chance to see a train driver’s cab and a look inside a BTP van. They will also meet dogs from BTP’s specialist dog unit.

PC Mahmood added: “Famous for its Victorian architecture, the winning entries will be displayed in the 145-year-old St Pancras International Station, which is not only a great honour but will reinforce the risks of trespassing or playing near the railway line to millions of passengers.”

St Pancras shift station manager, Keith Thomas, said: “We congratulate the winners and everyone who entered the competition. Safety is our number one priority and this initiative has been a great way to emphasise the importance of staying safe on the railway.”