A TRAIN company is testing out the theory that adults will take more notice of safety announcements if they are spoken by a child.

Later this month, younger voices will be heard at several GWR stations.

A variety of messages such as advising customers to take care on the stairs and not run on station platforms will be played at Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Bath Spa and Weston super Mare.

GWR hope the new announcements will attract the attention of more passengers than the current versions and reduce the number of slips, trips and falls.

Pupils at Victoria Park Primary School in Bristol recorded the safety announcements for the train company.

The Year 5 and 6 students were given a masterclass in voice coaching by BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast show presenter Emma Britton before recording the variety of messages in a temporary studio inside the station offices at Bristol Temple Meads.

Each of the students were presented with a certificate of achievement as well as a special GWR pin-badge and activity pack.

The students will be invited back to Bristol Temple Meads to hear their announcements once they are being played out over the public address system from later this month.

They will also be treated to a journey on-board an Intercity Express Train.

If the trial is successful, GWR will consider adopting the idea at other stations across the network.