Security measures planned for local stations

CCTV, Help Points and anti-vandal shelters to make travel safer


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Today Transport for London (TfL) and First Great Western Link launched a new £400,000 package of security and safety improvements. Over one-third (109 of 304) London stations have now been improved as part of TfL's policy of making rail travel safer across the capital. The latest raft of measures will provide reassurance to passengers travelling on First Great Western Link train services.

The package includes:

* New CCTV cameras providing full 24 hour coverage for 9 stations on this service. CCTV aims to prevent real crime and the perception of crime so that passengers feel safe to use rail in London.

* Installation of new Help Points at 9 stations on the route with induction loops at stations, providing immediate audio and visual link with the First Great Western Link control centre at Reading 24 hours a day.

* New anti-vandal shelters providing high visibility shelter have been installed at Acton Main Line, West Ealing, Castle Bar Park, South Greenford and West Drayton.

Ian Brown, TfL London Rail's Managing Director said:

"Passenger safety is of paramount importance to TfL. Although not part of the TfL network, improving security on rail in London is a top priority as we want to encourage greater public transport use. We have developed this initiative with First Great Western Link to provide better safety and security improvements at stations."

Chief Inspector Willie Baker, Western Sector Commander British Transport Police said:

"We very much welcome this investment in improved passenger security. The new CCTV will help deter criminals and anti-social elements and assist the police in detecting crime. This, the help points and shelters are a real contribution to making passengers feel safer on the network."

July 7, 2004