ScotRail upgrades CCTV system

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ScotRail has announced that over 280 stations and depots across Scotland has benefited from new, upgraded high definition CCTV equipment.

The train operating company has installed the new cameras in a bid to improve the safety and security of its customers and employees.

The new system has seen ScotRail move from 220 scrolling CCTV monitors to a 24-screen intelligent video wall, which can analyse movements of customers on the platform to determine if members of the public are in unsafe situations, allowing the CCTV monitoring team alert station staff if necessary.

It’s hoped that the new equipment will help ScotRail identify vulnerable people and reduce fatalities on the railway.

The £2 million project is part of ongoing investment to improve Scotland’s Railway, and was funded through Network Rail’s Control Period 5 Scottish Network Improvement Fund.

What did the officials say?

ScotRail Sustainability & Safety Assurance Director David Lister said:

“Train travel is safe but that doesn’t mean we take our customers’ safety for granted. This new system is designed to provide even more security and reassurance to our customers and our people.

“CCTV and station Help Points are hugely important in combating crime and anti-social behaviour. And with passenger numbers continuing to grow and crime remaining low on Scotland’s Railway, we think CCTV has played a part in this.

“We believe the improvements we’ve made will give our customers added confidence as to the safety of travel by rail.”

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