Each year there are a large number of incidents involving livestock straying onto railway lines, mainly due to inadequate fencing along the line.
For London North Eastern and East Midlands routes there were 260 cases in a 12-month period in 2015. Since June 2016, the minutes delay and costs stand at 20,571 minutes, which equates to £1,480,793 in compensation pay-outs to train operators.
There are implications for farmers too. A recent incident of a train striking a herd of cows on the line resulted in nine dead cows. And, even though Network Rail are the party responsible for maintain the fencing, a farmer could be deemed negligent in some circumstances. NFU members can read more in our new briefing, here.