Safety boost for pas­sen­gers

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Char­lotte Cox


EX­TRA po­lice and se­cu­rity teams will be­gin pa­trolling Metrolink and the re­gion’s buses this week as part of a pas­sen­ger safety drive.

The move comes af­ter Ke­olisAmey took over the tram net­work at 2am on Satur­day af­ter RATP Dev Ltd lost its bid to re­main at the helm.

And bosses have un­veiled plans to in­tro­duce 900 ex­tra hours of se­cu­rity sup­port a week with 24 new Trav­elSafe Of­fi­cers (TSOs).

Trav­elSafe, a se­cu­rity team across buses and trams, will be sup­ported by 50 new PCSOs. They will join a new po­lice sergeant and four new po­lice con­sta­bles.

It fol­lows months of con­cern­ing re­ports of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on pub­lic trans­port – in­clud­ing the in­ci­dent in May where a driver was treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter a brick was thrown through his wind­screen from a bridge in Old­ham.

Chief Supt John O’Hare, from Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of the Trav­elSafe PCSOs en­hances our ex­ist­ing team, which in­cludes an in­spec­tor, sergeant and po­lice con­sta­bles.”

He said the team would be ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing the safety of pas­sen­gers and deal­ing with any in­ci­dents on the net­works.

Aline Frantzen, new MD of Ke­olisAmey Metrolink, said one of their key com­mit­ments was to en­hance safety and se­cu­rity to im­prove pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.

She said: “We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with TfGM, our part­ners and the com­mu­nity to im­ple­ment our ex­cit­ing plans for what is al­ready a high-per­form­ing net­work. Our ap­proach will be fo­cused on col­lab­o­ra­tively work­ing to keep Greater Manch­ester mov­ing and grow­ing.”

Andy Burn­ham, Mayor of Greater Manch­ester, said he was com­mit­ted to mak­ing Greater Manch­ester’s pub­lic trans­port the safest.

He added: “I promised to pri­ori­tise a greater staffing pres­ence on our pub­lic trans­port in the evenings and early morn­ings and to­day we are de­liv­er­ing on that prom­ise.”

The Trav­elSafe team uses in­tel­li­gence and crime data to tar­get pa­trols at key times and places. It’s split into four units cov­er­ing four ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas so they can get to grips with their com­mu­ni­ties.

Trans­port bosses say crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is rel­a­tively rare on buses and trams, with 206m jour­neys made by bus and 37m by tram in 2016.

New op­er­a­tor Ke­olisAmey started run­ning Metrolink trams at 2am on Satur­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.