South Yorkshire stations awarded for safety
23 July 2013
Rotherham Central, Barnsley and Meadowhall rail stations have been presented with a national award for measures taken to provide a safe environment for both passengers and staff.
Operated by Northern Rail, in partnership with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), the stations have been accredited by the Secure Station Scheme which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP).
The Secure Stations Scheme covers all rail and underground networks patrolled by the BTP. To achieve Secure Station status, Northern Rail and SYPTE demonstrated how they have provided 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 Rotherham Central Station has been accredited by the two-year scheme. Barnsley and Meadowhall stations have been re-accredited following initial Secure Station recognition in 2007.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We’re delighted that three of South Yorkshire’s rail stations have been awarded Secure Station Scheme 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 at Rotherham, Barnsley and Meadowhall stations underlines our commitment to maintain a safe and secure environment for our customers and staff.”
Richard Allan, Area Director for Northern Rail, adds: “This Secure Stations Scheme recognises how important reducing crime and improving customer experience on our services is to us and our partners. Our employees are dedicated to their customers and this recognition stands testament to that.”