'Plain stupidity': Couple shamed for wedding photo stunt

Ash Cant
·2-min read

Newlyweds who settled on an unusual location to take some wedding photos have been publicly shamed by a railway company.

The UK’s Network Rail shared the shocking photos of a bride and groom posing for a photo on the railway tracks in Yorkshire earlier this year.

There appears to be three other people also in the photo, with one woman seen holding the train of the bride’s dress while two others stand on the tracks and look at the newlyweds.

Network Rail spokeswoman Donna Mitchell told The Yorkshire Post the identities of those in the photo were unknown.

Network Rail has slammed a couple for taking their wedding pictures on the train tracks. Source: Network Rail
Network Rail has slammed a couple for taking their wedding pictures on the train tracks. Source: Network Rail

The images, which were taken from CCTV footage, were shared to raise awareness about trespassing and highlight how it has increasingly become an issue.

Network Rail said there have been more than 5,000 trespassing incidents alone this year.

The company, which manages 20 of the UK’s largest train stations, has been sharing images of people trespassing during the summer from all over Great Britain.

Allan Spence of Network Rail slammed the trespassers in a media release.

“Wedding photos or selfies on the track are just plain stupidity,” he said.

“We often warn families at this time of year as kids enjoy school half term holidays. But this time we are appealing to adults in particular.

“Please, make sure you know the rail safety basics and pass that knowledge onto your loved ones. Lead by example and stay off the tracks. No ifs, no buts – no tears.”

September this year saw a 17 per cent increase compared to last year’s trespassing incidents, the worst it has been in five years.

Earlier this year, Network Rail condemned a “wannabe influencer” for their photoshoot on the railway tracks at a level crossing on a stretch where trains travel up to 136km/h between Cardiff and Swansea.

Network Rail previously called out an 'influencer' for their photoshoot on the railways tracks. Source: Network Rail
Network Rail previously called out an 'influencer' for their photoshoot on the railway tracks. Source: Network Rail

“We have noticed a significant increase in use at public footpaths since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions,” Network Rail’s Route Level Crossing Manager Ronnie Gallagher said in September.

“People have been walking longer distances and many will be using level crossings for the first time.

“It is important that you concentrate, follow the instructions and only cross when there are no trains approaching.”

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