It’s safety first at train operator East Coast’s 12 managed stations – every one has just been reaccredited with Secure Stations status for a further two years.
The Secure Stations scheme, which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP), encourages rail firms to improve security at their managed stations and demonstrate measures to reduce crime.
The national scheme covers all rail and underground networks which are patrolled by the British Transport Police.
To achieve Secure Stations status, the operator must demonstrate robust controls that provide enhanced training, recruitment and risk assessment. There must be evidence of working closely with the BTP to combat crime as well as engaging with stakeholders to improve the station environment for all who use it.
The stations which have renewed Secure Stations status until September 2014 are: Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York, Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster, Retford, Newark North Gate, Grantham and Peterborough.
East Coast Stations and Property Director Tim Hedley-Jones said: “We’re delighted that all 12 East Coast managed stations have been reaccredited with Secure Stations status.
“Train travel is already one of the safest ways to get around. Continued Secure Stations status means extra peace of mind for our passengers and staff.
“The renewal of secure status at all our managed stations underlines our commitment to maintain a safe and secure environment for passengers as they travel.”
British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Alan Pacey said: “I would like to congratulate East Coast on reaccreditation of all their stations under the Secure Stations scheme.
“We all want people to use the rail network: it’s a fast, efficient and green way to travel. We know from surveys that personal security is a key issue for passengers, and this award is a tangible sign to them that East Coast and everyone involved with their stations is committed to their safety and security.”