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Metrolink and bus network gets security boost with more than 70 new safety staff

Extra police and security teams will begin patrolling Metrolink and the region s buses next week as part of a passenger safety drive. The move comes after KeolisAmey take over the tram network from 2am on Saturday morning after RATP Dev Ltd lost its bid to remain at the helm. And bosses have unveiled plans to introduce 900 extra hours of security support a week with 24 new TravelSafe Officers (TSOs).

TravelSafe, a security team across buses and trams, will be supported by 50 new PCSOs from Monday . They will join a new police sergeant and four new police constables. It follows months of concerning reports of anti-social behaviour on public transport – including the incident in May where a driver was treated in hospital after a brick was thrown through his windscreen from a bridge in Oldham. Chief Supt John O Hare, from Greater Manchester Police, said: The introduction of the TravelSafe PCSOs enhances our existing team, which includes an inspector, sergeant and police constables.

He said the team would be dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers and dealing with any incidents on the networks. Aline Frantzen, new MD of KeolisAmey Metrolink said one of their key commitments was to enhance safety and security to improve passenger experience. She said: We are looking forward to working with TfGM, our partners and the community to implement our exciting plans for what is already a high-performing network . Our approach will be focused on collaboratively working to keep Greater Manchester moving and growing.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he was committed to making Greater Manchester s public transport the safest. He added: I promised to prioritise a greater staffing presence on our public transport in the evenings and early mornings and today we are delivering on that promise. The TravelSafe team uses intelligence and crime data to target patrols at key times and places.

Chief Supt John O’Hare

It s split into four units covering four geographical areas so they can get to grips with their communities. Transport bosses insist crime and anti-social behaviour is relatively rare on buses and trams, with 206m journeys made by bus and 37m by tram in 2016. Matt Kitchen, operations director for Stagecoach Manchester, said it was a great example of how operators, transport bosses and the police are working together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

He said safety was their priority . First Manchester s boss Adrian Worsfold agreed, adding: As a result of the TravelSafe Partnership we have already seen the positive impact that the presence of security officers can bring to our services, as we work together to reduce anti-social behaviour. Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, added: These are exciting times for Metrolink and the city-region and I warmly welcome KAM as the Metrolink operator .

Together we will further realise the full potential and benefits of the unprecedented growth and investment we are overseeing in the network.

Metrolink and bus network gets security boost with more than 70 …

Extra police and security teams will begin patrolling Metrolink and the region s buses next week as part of a passenger safety drive. The move comes after KeolisAmey take over the tram network from 2am on Saturday morning after RATP Dev Ltd lost its bid to remain at the helm. And bosses have unveiled plans to introduce 900 extra hours of security support a week with 24 new TravelSafe Officers (TSOs).

TravelSafe, a security team across buses and trams, will be supported by 50 new PCSOs from Monday . They will join a new police sergeant and four new police constables. It follows months of concerning reports of anti-social behaviour on public transport – including the incident in May where a driver was treated in hospital after a brick was thrown through his windscreen from a bridge in Oldham. Chief Supt John O Hare, from Greater Manchester Police, said: The introduction of the TravelSafe PCSOs enhances our existing team, which includes an inspector, sergeant and police constables.

He said the team would be dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers and dealing with any incidents on the networks. Aline Frantzen, new MD of KeolisAmey Metrolink said one of their key commitments was to enhance safety and security to improve passenger experience. She said: We are looking forward to working with TfGM, our partners and the community to implement our exciting plans for what is already a high-performing network . Our approach will be focused on collaboratively working to keep Greater Manchester moving and growing.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he was committed to making Greater Manchester s public transport the safest. He added: I promised to prioritise a greater staffing presence on our public transport in the evenings and early mornings and today we are delivering on that promise. The TravelSafe team uses intelligence and crime data to target patrols at key times and places.

Chief Supt John O’Hare

It s split into four units covering four geographical areas so they can get to grips with their communities. Transport bosses insist crime and anti-social behaviour is relatively rare on buses and trams, with 206m journeys made by bus and 37m by tram in 2016. Matt Kitchen, operations director for Stagecoach Manchester, said it was a great example of how operators, transport bosses and the police are working together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

He said safety was their priority . First Manchester s boss Adrian Worsfold agreed, adding: As a result of the TravelSafe Partnership we have already seen the positive impact that the presence of security officers can bring to our services, as we work together to reduce anti-social behaviour. Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, added: These are exciting times for Metrolink and the city-region and I warmly welcome KAM as the Metrolink operator .

Together we will further realise the full potential and benefits of the unprecedented growth and investment we are overseeing in the network.

Major events go ahead across UK amid heightened security measures

Sporting events and concerts have taken place across the UK amid heightened security following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester. The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on the pitch before the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. An accompanying note, signed by the Prince, read: “We will never fear coming together to celebrate all that unites us. “In memory of the friends and family taken from us in Manchester.”

A minute’s silence was also held to remember the 22 people killed.

Image: Wreaths were laid on the pitch at Wembley in memory of the Manchester victims

Heightened security measures were in place at the 90,000-capacity stadium, with a helicopter hovering above and officers on horseback patrolling the grounds. Arsenal won the game 2-1. More than 1,000 armed police officers were on standby in the capital as the FA Cup Final and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham went ahead.

Image: Everyone in the stadium observed a minute’s silence

Rugby fans also observed a minute’s silence before the kick off of the final, which Exeter Chiefs won 23-20 over Wasps after extra time. Fans at both events were advised not to bring bags and to expect additional security checks and searches. Police had urged to go out and enjoy themselves over the bank holiday weekend. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley – national lead for counter-terror policing – urged Britons to go about their business as usual.

He said: “Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see. “We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.”

Image: Fans at Twickenham observe a minute’s silence before the Aviva Premiership Final

A huge security operation was also staged as the first major event took place in Manchester since the attack on Monday night. Hundreds of police officers were on duty at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground ahead of the Corteeners concert, with 50,000 fans expected to attend. Armed police were stationed at gates and officers in high visibility jackets were in position every 50 yards on roads approaching the stadium. Airport-style security devices were used to screen visitors, with queues as tickets and bags were checked before entry.

Image: Armed police at Old Trafford Cricket Ground as fans arrive for the Courteeners concert

Iron Maiden were also set to appear at the O2 in London, and US singer Anastacia was performing at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. On Sunday, the Great Manchester Run will go ahead as planned with a large turnout expected in the wake of the attack. Nine suspects are in custody following days of intense police activity and a series of raids in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside.

The country’s leading counter-terror officer has said “immense” progress has been made in the probe into a suspected network linked to suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

Operation Temperer, which has seen hundreds of armed soldiers support police on the streets, will be gradually wound down from midnight on Monday after the UK’s threat level was reduced from “critical” to “severe”1.

References

  1. ^ was reduced from “critical” to “severe” (news.sky.com)