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Rail Partner

by msecadm4921

Northern Rail Ltd is a relatively new joint venture company bringing together services management, operational skill sets, engineering practice and track record of transport integration from parent organisations Serco Group and NedRailway.

Their network alone represents 20 per cent of the national rail network. Recently we reported the train operator’s setting up of a rail security team. Here we revisit the contract.
After six months of operation the team reports it has already made a significant impact upon the safety and security of the Northern network. Mainly deployed around the north Manchester routes to Bolton and Rochdale and on the Airdale/Wharfdale lines of route in North West Leeds the team have already managed to play a part in achieving;
l 35 per cent reduction in crime at Manchester Victoria Station
l 22pc reduction at some stations in West Yorkshire
l An overall 11pc reduction in crime in the areas to which they have been assigned
l A visible professional approach to crime management.

Martyn Guiver, Crime and Contingency Planning Manager for Northern Rail said: "We are delighted with the first six months results for the team and look forward to developing their role further. Although the concept of the rail security team was new to a lot of our stakeholders we are pleased with the support and positive feedback we have had since investing £1.5m in November. The team are working closely with British Transport Police in and around Manchester that has provided us the opportunity to facilitate partnership working in this area. We are looking to mirror this success within the Yorkshire area through the newly appointed area commander.
The team has been involved in operations at major premiership football matches, supporting crowd management functions and our revenue team as well as one-off events such as the Maritime Festival in Whitehaven. The team are targeted to hotspots and undertake proactive patrols and enforce railway byelaws. We are very pleased at how the partnership working approach has worked with Carlisle Security who have proved to be a very capable and supportive security partner."

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