Ten stops across the Manchester Metrolink have been recognised by a special industry standard award over the safety and security of the stops. The Safer Tram Stop Award aims to prevent crime and the fear of crime and provide guidance to operators on how to create and maintain safe environments.
The stops were subject to rigorous assessment by trained Crime Prevention Officers with criteria looked at including surveillance, signage, lighting and passenger surveys. The accreditation received by these ten stops is initially for one year after which time they will have to be reassessed.
The ten stops accredited are Exchange Quay, Salford Quays, Anchorage, Harbour City, MediaCityUK, Old Trafford, Deansgate-Castlefield, Etihad Campus, Baguley and Manchester Airport.
Danny Vaughan, TfGM Head of Metrolink, said: “It is really important that every member of our community feels safe to travel on public transport without feeling intimidated or unduly concerned by the behaviour of others. That’s why I’m delighted that we have been able to work with KAM and GMP to get the ball rolling on this initiative and ensure that all our stops meet the highest standards possible when it comes to physical security. This reinforces the work undertaken by our TravelSafe Partnership officers, who patrol our networks every day to provide help and assistance as well as working to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.”
As a result of these accreditations a further 12 stops have also been nominated: Oldham King Street, Westwood, Freehold, Central Park, Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Peel Hall, Shadowmoss, Burton Road, Withington, Navigation Road and Stretford.