South Yorkshire rail stations awarded for safety
26 February 2014
EIGHT South Yorkshire rail stations have been awarded by a national scheme for measures taken to provide a safe environment for both passengers and staff.
Meadowhall, Barnsley, Rotherham Central, Adwick, Swinton, Wombwell, Chapeltown and Thorne North stations have been accredited by the Secure Station Scheme, which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP).
Station operators, Northern Rail together with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), achieved the recognition having enhanced employee training, recruitment and risk assessments at the stations, as well as introducing measures to address crime and reduce the opportunity for criminal activity.
It is the first time that Wombwell, Chapeltown and Thorne North rail stations have been accredited by the two-year scheme. Barnsley and Meadowhall stations have been reaccredited with Secure Station status since 2007, and Adwick and Swinton stations since 2012. Rotherham Central station was awarded with Secure Station status in 2013 following an extensive £8.5m refurbishment programme.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We’re delighted that eight of South Yorkshire’s rail stations have now been awarded Secure Station status.
“Train travel is already one of the safest ways to get around. By focusing on details such as careful design and better management we can make a real difference to levels of safety at stations.
“The Secure Station Scheme accreditation underlines our commitment to maintain a safe and secure environment for our customers and staff, and work is underway to add even more stations to the Scheme.”