A local train company is celebrating it's 100 per cent safety mark.
First TransPennine Express (FTPE), which manages 30 stations across the north of England has seen all of its 19 car parks accredited as safe locations.
All of FTPE's station car parks now carry the Park Mark badge for Safer Parking which is awarded by the British Parking Association in recognition of railway car parks that have been vetted by the British Transport Police and that have appropriate measures in place in order to create a safer environment for customers and their vehicles.
FTPE has invested thousands of pounds on it's car parks ensuring they are well lit, cleared from overgrown vegetation and covered by state of the art CCTV.
Car Parks are also regularly patrolled and cleaned to further improve the safety of customers.
Billy Vickers, FTPE's Police Liaison Officer said,
"This is fantastic news for our customers and provides further evidence of FTPE's commitment to providing a safe travel experience for every one.
"As a result of this commitment and our partnership with APCOA we have seen a reduction in crime at our car parks and the Park Mark should provide greater assurance for passengers."
FTPE works with APCOA theUK's largest full service parking provider to maintain it's customer parking and has seen a 10 per cent drop in crime at its car parks since 2010/11.
Andrew Dawson, Operations Director said,
"APCOA is delighted to have contributed to the reduction in crime and other improvements seen at FTPE's railway station car parks.
"The Park Mark Award is testimony to the strong relationship we have with FTPE as we both see providing a clean, safe environment for customers as a number one priority."
British Transport Police are responsible for policing the railway and FTPE works closely with them to ensure that from the moment a customer arrives at a station to the moment they depart, they are in as safe an environment as is possible.
Chief Superintendent Terry Nicholson said,
"On behalf of British Transport Police I would like to congratulate First TransPennine Express in achieving the safer parking award, Park Mark, for all 19 of their car parks.
"To qualify for the award, car park operators work with police to integrate security features to help deter crime and anti-social behaviour. Crime levels are monitored continuously and good management processes also have to be in place."
He added, "Rail passengers quite rightly expect to have safe and secure facilities for themselves and their vehicles. First TransPennine Express can be very proud of achieving this accreditation which will reassure passengers and encourage more people to park and ride."
FTPE carries 25 million passengers a year and 190,000 customers use their car parks at, Barrow in Furness, Brough, Carnforth, Cleethorpes, Grange over Sands, Grimsby, Huddersfield, Hull, Malton, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Selby, Thirsk, Thornaby, Ulverston, Warrington Central and Windermere.
The Park Mark accreditation is awarded by the British Parking Association and Phil Taylor, Development Manager commented,
"The Safer Parking Scheme sets standards within parking facilities which is designed to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
"To achieve these standards First TransPennine Express has fully adopted all the standards, and have ensured by doing so that their customers are significantly less likely of becoming a victim of crime within their rail station car parks.
"For all of their station car parks to be accredited in such a way is a fantastic achievement, and their management, and the APCOA company which manages them on their behalf are to be congratulated."