28 April 2009

Secure Stations


Rail customers across the South West will feel safer and more secure when they use stations run by train operator First Great Western

dbg Elsewhere...

TGP Exeter Riddle
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A SOUTH west train operator has been awarded for high safety levels at more than 170 of its stations.

First Great Western has attained Secure Stations status at 171 stations.

The status is part of a national scheme, led by the Department for Transport and British Transport Police, which recognises stations that have worked with police officers and other local partners for the best possible security measures. This is Plymouth
Plymouth station ticket hall by Macspite
Photo: Plymouth Station Ticket Hall by Macspite. (Flickr under creative commons)

I assume that this news release was more about there being more than 170 (171 in fact!) now  included as Plymouth at least was awarded this status way back in 2005:

Rail customers across the South West will feel safer and more secure when they use stations run by train operator First Great Western because all of the company’s stations in the region have now been awarded national Secure Station status by the Government.

Plymouth and Totnes are the latest two First Great Western stations in the South West to win the accreditation, which shows that stations meet tough standards of design, management, security and passenger safety. They join Newton Abbot, Exeter St Davids, Tiverton Parkway, Taunton, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and Chippenham stations, which all received the award earlier this year.

FGW 7 Dec 2005

The Secure Stations Scheme is an opportunity for Britain's rail companies to improve security at their stations and display to their customers their desire to reduce crime. Recognising the public's fear of crime at stations, the Scheme provides an incentive to station operators to improve security and provide reassurance to passengers and staff.

This national Scheme covers all rail and underground networks which are policed by the British Transport Police [BTP]. It establishes standards of good practice and accredits individual stations which have worked with the BTP and other local partners to implement security measures.

Launched in 1998, the Scheme was independently reviewed in 2003 and subsequently revised in order to simplify some procedures and encourage more operators to take part. The Scheme is directed by the Department for Transport and the BTP. More…

I guess that Devonport Station has yet to achieve this honour?

(There does not seem to be anywhere where you can view which stations are covered by this scheme)




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