Meet the people keeping the railway safe

Transport for Wales security
Credit: Transport for Wales

With more people than ever using the rail network in Wales and England, keeping safe on the railway remains the number one priority for Transport for Wales.

Becoming a victim of serious crime on the Welsh rail network continues to be rare, with Wales seeing the lowest crime rates on the railway across the UK.

However, with customer numbers on the increase, Transport for Wales are stepping up their commitment to preventing incidents of theft, assault and anti-social behaviour.

Transport for Wales is working with the British Transport Police and Network Rail to keep everyone safe and driving down crime.

At security awareness days in Cardiff and Chester this week TfW, BTP and Network Rail colleagues met with the public to raise awareness of staying safe on the railway.

 

Secure Station Accreditation has been awarded to 26 TfW stations with a further 53 to follow in the coming months.

In addition, Transport for Wales are investing in body cameras for onboard conductors to act as a further deterrent.

What did the officials say?

Head of Security at Transport for Wales Simon Turton said:

“We’re investing heavily in state of the art CCTV at our stations and on trains, developing safer environments and better cyber security.

“But we really need the support of our customers and the general public to keep this railway as safe as it can be.

“If you see something suspicious, never assume someone else has reported it. Let station staff know or text the BTP, please don’t ignore it. Keep your eyes and ears open because it’s down to all of us to make this a safe railway.”

Sergeant Stephen Dawkins, British Transport Police, said:

“Our priority is to reassure the public and keep them safe when they are travelling on the rail network. With more passengers than ever now using the railway across Wales, it’s important we work together with Transport for Wales and our other industry partners to keep passengers safe and prevent crime. These events are a fantastic opportunity for us to share our safety message with the public and remind them we’re here when they need us.”

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