Rotherham Central Station has 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 (STPTE), the station has been accredited by the Secure Station Scheme which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP).
The Scheme covers all rail and underground networks patrolled by the BTP. To achieve Secure Station Scheme status, Northern Rail and SYPTE demonstrated how they have provided enhanced employee training, recruitment and risk assessments at the station, as well as introducing measures to address crime and to reduce the opportunity for criminal activity.
It is the first time that Rotherham Central Station has been accredited by the two-year Secure Station Scheme. Barnsley and Meadowhall rail stations have been re-accredited by the Scheme, following initial recognition in 2007.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We’re delighted that Rotherham Central Station has been awarded Secure Station Scheme status. Reducing the opportunity for criminal activity and promoting a feeling of safety was a key consideration in the £8.5 million re-development of the station.
“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 station, and the renewal of the status at 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.”
The new Rotherham Central Station opened to the public in February 2012 following an extensive £8.5 million redevelopment led by SYPTE together with funding from the Department for Transport, Network Rail, South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan and the European Regional Development Fund.
Since the station opened it has seen a significant increase in use, with passenger numbers up by 1,000 journeys a week, on average.