Reducing railway deaths

In January 2010 a pioneering Samaritans and Network Rail partnership launched covering the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales.

The overall aim is to reduce the number of suicides on the railways by 20% over a 5 year period.

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:


Mark, Network Rail manager and volunteer, discusses the impact on station staff and the role of Samaritans:

Successes so far

Samaritans branches have been working closely with priority rail locations across the UK, which have been selected due to the number of incidents that have occurred at them, along with the potential disruption that an incident may cause at that particular location.

There have been a notable number of partnership successes to date:

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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