Commuters at Birmingham Snow Hill are being encouraged to consider safety and security on railway this week, as an interactive roadshow heads to the station.
London Northwestern Railway’s revenue and security team will be joining colleagues from the British Transport Police, Network Rail and others for the event, which is taking place on the station concourse.
On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 October, the team will be demonstrating some of the initiatives currently taking place to promote safety and security. These include steps to reduce thefts, such as cycle marking and bells for bags, as well as tackling issues such as graffiti, trespass and suicide prevention on the railway.
The event will also include the beer goggles demonstration. This involves participants putting on a pair of special glasses that show the effect of consuming alcohol and the potential dangers of this at the station.
The public will also be reminded of the 'See it, Say it, Sorted' campaign. This ongoing initiative encourages people to report suspicious behaviour on and around the railway, so that potential issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Nicola Harrison, revenue and security manager for West Midlands Railway said, “There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes to keep passengers safe on the railway, and these roadshows have always been an engaging way of letting people know what we are up to. We work closely with our partners to deliver a range of initiatives, and the support of passengers is a key part of this. We would encourage anyone heading through the station to stop by for a chat with us this week. We will also have plenty of freebies to give away!”
The event is taking place at Birmingham Snow Hill on Wednesday 10 October, from 1600 – 1930, and on Thursday 11 October, from 0700 – 1030.
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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.
- London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
- West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.
The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.
West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.
The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com
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