Major security boost makes travel safer on Greater Manchester’s transport network ….

Posted on July 16th, 2017, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes ….

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced a major investment in the safety of Greater Manchester’s public transport system.

The TravelSafe Partnership (TSP), a multi-agency approach set up to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on the region’s bus and tram networks, is set to be bolstered by dozens more officers, with an increased staff presence particularly in the evening and at weekends.

The new Metrolink operator, KeolisAmey, will introduce 900 hours per week of additional security support onto the tram network when they take over the running of the UK’s largest light rail system from Saturday 15 July. This equates to 24 new TravelSafe Officers (TSOs) who are Security Industry Authority accredited.

From Monday (17 July), the first of 50 new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) which are joining the TSP will begin their dedicated patrolling of the transport network. They’ll be further supported by a new police sergeant and four police constables.

Full details here.

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