On track and on time: rail arrives at SafeWise Weymouth

It’s been an exciting week at SafeWise Weymouth where Network Rail have been busy installing railway track in our learning village. This is phase one in a plan which includes a platform, a working rural railway crossing, and part of a passenger train.

The scenarios will enable SafeWise to deliver messages to visitors on railway safety, travel skills and journey planning, consequences of crime, and the benefits of active travel for health and tackling the climate emergency.

The train track is the latest improvement to the learning village which already includes full size home and fire scenarios, an outdoor road network with working pedestrian crossings, and a double decker bus.

Centre Manager Ben Heath said: ‘We’re delighted to be working closely with Network Rail to upgrade the learning village so that we can deliver even more skills for life to our visitors. If your school hasn’t booked yet, do get in touch. We are also looking for volunteer Visitor Guides to take small groups of children around the centre – do get in touch to find out more.’

In addition to its work with primary schools, SafeWise is also working with partners including Dorset Council to develop new skills for life programmes for older people, parents, and those living on their own for the first time.