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New trial to tackle anti-social behaviour at Surrey train stations

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New trial to tackle anti-social behaviour at Surrey train stations

Published at 7:00am 7th April 2019.

A new Station Watch Scheme will be trialed at Guildford and Woking stations to tackle anti-social behaviour.  

The initiative, which will be tested at eight other sites across the network, will consist of targeted patrols by South Western Railway’s Community Officers.

It is hoped that the increased presence will deter low-level crime and create an environment that reassures customers and employees. 

In addition to the patrols. Rail Community Officers will deliver security awareness sessions to passengers twice a year.

The trial will be reviewed in August, and if successful, rolled out to other stations across the network.

Alessandro Finistrella from South Western Railway said:

“Travelling by train is very safe and the number of crimes on the South Western Railway network has fallen by over 11 per cent since March 2018.

"However, we are not complacent and are determined to drive down anti-social behaviour and criminality further.

"We all have a role to play in making the rail network safer and we would ask everyone who uses the it to support the Station Watch Scheme.” 

Paul Calvert, Network Rail station manager for Clapham Junction and Guildford, said:         

"We’re committed to working closely with our stakeholders to make sure our stations provide safe and welcoming environments for passengers on our network.

“South Western Railway’s Station Watch scheme is a great initiative which will see our station teams working closer together for the benefit of passengers.”

Customers who see any suspicious or anti-social behaviour should contact a member of staff or British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016. In an emergency always dial 999.

South Western Railway

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