Level crossing film tribute to tragic pair

Level crossing film tribute to tragic pair

Schoolmates of two teenagers who died at an Essex level crossing hope a film they have made will prevent similar tragedies.

Joyce Frankland Academy pupils 13-year-old Charlotte Thompson and 14-year-old Olivia Bazlinton were killed at Elsenham station after being hit by a passing train, 10 years ago next December.

Pupils at the Saffron Walden school have produced the five-minute movie in a bid to raise safety awareness for young pedestrians.

Network Rail's (NR) officials worked in tandem with students for the film, which saw actors play the leading parts with pupils filling in as extras.

Tina Hughes, Olivia's mother who is backing the film, said she wants teenagers to understand how "awful" the impact is for loved ones of somebody who has died at a train level crossing. Ms Hughes stressed that she does not want anyone to have to experience what she suffered.

NR's Richard Schofield said he wants the movie to "resonate" with youngsters, ensuring that they appreciate how dangerous level crossings can be.

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