Safe and sound train stations
A north of England train operator has been
recognised for providing safe and secure environments for rail
passengers and staff.
First TransPennine Express (FTPE), manage 30 stations
across the north of England and 100% of their stations have
been successfully accredited to the Department for Transport's
(DfT) Secure Station Scheme.
Over 20million passengers use FTPE managed stations every year
and the DfT have measured and assessed all stations against a
demanding set of criteria. This includes the number of reported
crimes compared to the number of customers using the station.
Since 2007/08, FTPE in partnership with the British Transport
Police (BTP) have reduced the crime rate on their stations by 25%,
whilst at the same time passenger numbers have grown by around
Billy Vickers, FTPE's Police Liaison Officer commented,
"This is really good news for our passengers. Safety is our number
one priority and we have and will continue to work to improve the
station environment for the benefit of customers and staff.
"Customers expect to travel and colleagues have the right to work
in safe and secure environments. Rail stations are open public
places that are vulnerable to increased levels of crime. It is our
responsibility to reduce this risk and through initiatives such as
full CCTV coverage, sponsorship of Police Community Support
Officers, platform help points and British Transport Police safety
assessments we have successfully achieved Secure Station Status
accreditation all our stations.
"Of course we will continue to work to reduce the crime at our
Regular safety audits are conducted in partnership with the BTP
and £17m has been invested to make FTPE's stations light, bright
and safe environments. This includes the installation of state of
the art CCTV and customer help points.
British Transport Police Crime Reduction Officer Mike Jones
"On behalf of British Transport Police I would like to
congratulate First TransPennine Express in achieving Secure Station
status for all its stations.
"The Secure Stations scheme is an important element in securing
our rail system, reassuring passengers and staff, and ensuring the
continued success of the industry.
"The rail system is a low crime environment and one where
increasing resources are being put into combating anti-social
behaviour and disorder. However, if we are going to drive down
crime and anti-social behaviour further, we need to continue to
work together in a smarter and more planned way. That is what the
Secure Stations Scheme can offer - a meaningful measure of better
co-operative working between station operators and the police, not
only of crime, but more importantly of how people feel about the
stations they travel to and from."
FTPE operates over 290 services a day and carries nearly 24million
passengers a year.
Stations Managed by First TransPennine Express
Windermere, Staveley, Burneside, Kendal, Carnforth,
Grange-over-Sands, Arnside, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness,
Manchester Airport, Warrington Central, Birchwood, Stalybridge,
Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Selby, Brough, Hull, Cleethorpes, Grimsby
Town, Barnetby, Scunthorpe, Seamer, Scarborough, Malton, Thirsk,
Northallerton, Yarm, Thornaby, Middlesbrough
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