Railway Stations: Greater London

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the safety of passengers at train stations in London.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We are working with train operators inside and outside of London, including through franchising arrangements, so that they maintain or increase the number of the stations which have been awarded ‘Secure Station’ status. The Secure Stations scheme is managed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and British Transport Police (BTP), and sets station design and management standards. It is aimed at:

  • preventing and reducing crime and disorder, providing a safer environment for passengers and staff;
  • increasing passenger numbers;
  • reducing costs of repair following vandalism, graffiti, etc., and of lost staff time due to distress or injury.

DfT is also currently working with the BTP to review and refresh the Secure Stations scheme to ensure that it continues to drive up standards, covers wider aspects of station security and that it reflects recent changes to the operating structure of the rail industry.

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