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Department for Transport

Working towards safer travel - secure stations scheme
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date
16 Mar 2005 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Transport minister, Tony McNulty, has today announced new measures to encourage more railway operators to join the Secure Stations Scheme.

The aim of the Scheme, launched in 1998, is to improve security at railway stations for both passengers and staff. Requirements to achieve Secure Station status include good passenger perceptions, required standards in management and design and low crime rates.

Changes announced today include the simplifying of administration for stations to join the Scheme and reducing the financial cost of doing so by scrapping the existing accreditation fee.

Stations not currently meeting the accreditation pass mark will also be given clearer guidance to reach the required standard. The introduction of a 'working towards accreditation' category will give such stations an incentive to join the Scheme, having their efforts recognised as they work towards achieving full Secure Station status.

Speaking at today's conference, Tony McNulty said:

"If we are to encourage more people to use the railway, we need to make sure that stations are made safe and secure for both passengers and staff.

"The Secure Stations Scheme sees the rail industry working in partnership, creating the safe environments that station users should expect. The changes to the Scheme, which I am announcing today, will make it easier for stations to get involved and create more of an incentive to do so."

The Department for Transport (DfT) will take on the role of the accreditation agency, previously held by Crime Concern - making them responsible for endorsing applications and issuing station certificates.

Notes to Editors

1. The Secure Stations Scheme was launched in 1998. The rail industry has been directly involved with the design, development launch and progression of the scheme.

2. The DfT, Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), British Transport Police, Association of Train operating Companies (ATOC), Network Rail, Crime Concern and others are members of an informal Steering Group which regularly meet to discuss progress and development of the Scheme.

3. The noted changes to the Scheme have been agreed by the Secure Stations Scheme Steering Group and will take effect from the end of March.

4. The changes are mainly as a result of recommendations made by an independent review of the Scheme in 2003.

5. Currently 156 stations are accredited under the Secure Stations Scheme. Approximately two thirds of all overground rail journeys and one half of all London Underground journeys involve passengers starting or finishing their journey at a Secure Station.

6. To become an accredited station, each station operator needs to work with their local British Transport Police Crime Reduction Officer to ensure that their station meets the national standards on design and management to cut down crime. The standards relate to such measures as staff training, Help Points, CCTV, lighting and information. A passenger survey is also required to see whether passengers feel safe at the station and evidence given that crime rates are low. If successful, the station will be accredited as a Secure Station for two years. After the two years the operator may apply for reaccredidation. There is provision for the accreditation to be withdrawn if there is a clear breach of standards during that time.

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