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25,000 volt warning

Posted on November 24 2017 at 4:43:20

Network Rail is warning villagers to take extra care around the railway when overhead power lines “go live” on December 27.

The overhead power lines suspended above the track from Barnt Green Junction to Bromsgrove Station will be energised as the section of railway between Birmingham and Gloucester is electrified.

Network Rail say this will have no effect on rail users or nearby residents going about their legitimate business, but has advised everyone to be careful when in the vicinity of the energised equipment.

The overhead line will be energised at 25,000 volts, alternating current at 50Hz frequency, making it extremely dangerous for anyone to be in close proximity (9ft) of the equipment, including switch feeds and cables.

This includes any tools or materials that may be handled; while encroachment on to Network Rail land or air space could place you in serious danger.

Network Rail also warned that problems that could arise from the use of cranes, ladders, scaffolding, hose-pipes and the emission into the atmosphere of flammable gases and vapours.

For further information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also contact the National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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