NEW figures reveal more than a quarter of teenagers confess to behaving in a way that could endanger their life on the railway – with Kilwinning railway station seeing a rise in incidents over recent years.

Along with 27 per cent admitting to dangerous behaviour, one in 10 teenagers admitted to walking along the railway line – more than two fifths of those (42 per cent) in the last year.

The number of young people taking risks on the railway track has gone up by almost 80 per cent in the last five years.

In the last 12 months alone, seven young people under the age of 18 have lost their lives.

The British Transport Police (BTP) have launched a new campaign called ‘You Vs Train’, which targets teenagers.

BTP suggest a lack of knowledge about the potential dangers seems to be why children choose the tracks to take risks, with only a third (37 per cent) believing the railway is extremely dangerous while 31 per cent don’t believe severe burns as a result of electrocution are risks you might face.