UK’s Network Rail drones spotting trespassers on train lines
British Transport Police are teaming up with Network Rail – the owner and operator of most of the UK’s train infrastructure – in deploying drones to combat what has become a very time- and money-consuming problem in recent years: delays due to trespassers on or around tracks.
After previous trials going back to 2018, Network Rail said this week that units of the British Transport Police have begun piloting drones over sections of track in the eastern part of England to first spot, then get to and clear intruders from the off-limits areas. Network Rail says it has timed the move to coincide with school vacation and half-term periods that usually correspond with an increase of dangerous, potentially deadly trespassing around lines.
Patrols are concentrated on the East Anglia area of England, where police units are flying drones equipped with HD, high-powered zoom lenses and thermal imaging sensors to detect unauthorized people near rail lines, or…