Saving lives on the railways

In January 2010, Samaritans and Network Rail formed a partnership to reduce the number of railway suicides and to improve support available to those affected by them.

The suicide prevention and support programme, born out of this partnership, covers England, Scotland and Wales and includes representation from across the rail industry. 

The partnership involves the roll-out programme of suicide prevention and post-incident support activities, with the support of Network Rail, Train Operators and the British Transport Police, all of which have been making a positive impact.

Activities include:

Successes so far

Since the start of the Network Rail partnership and the formation of the rail suicide prevention programme, there have been a number of notable successes:

Related information

If you might be interested in partnering with Samaritans in a similar scheme, contact the Network Rail team on 020 8394 8300 or email

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