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Drones to help Scotland’s rail network save lives and cut disruption for passengers

Railway trespassers are a blight on the networks around the world, so British Transport Police (BTP) have decided to trial drones in Scotland as airborne surveillance with the aim of spotting people on the tracks, according to the Edinburgh News.

The BTP believe the drones’ success could significantly reduce the time that lines are closed, avoid accidents, stop potential suicides and find missing people. More than 2,000 trains a year in Scotland arrive late because of trespassers on the line. For example, delays totalling 32,000 minutes – the equivalent of three weeks – were caused by trespassers in the year to March, including 186 times by children.

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