Rail station car parks in Essex receive awards for security

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Rail station car parks in Essex receive awards for security

Abellio Greater Anglia has received ‘Park Mark’ awards, recognising levels of safety and security at its rail station car parks in Essex.

Clacton on Sea station car park gained the award for the first time this year and Althorne, Audley End, Billericay, Braintree, Burnham on Crouch, Colchester North, Frinton on Sea, Hockley, Kelvedon, Manningtree, Marks Tey North Fambridge, Prittlewell, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southminster, South Woodham Ferrers, Wickford, Witham and Wivenhoe stations retained their accreditations for the 6th consecutive year.

The Park Marks demonstrate that the car parks have measures in place to deter crime and anti-social behaviour, and have been risk assessed by the police, thus making the car parks safer environments for both customers and their vehicles.

The awards were bestowed on the stations under the Safer Parking Scheme run by the Associations of Chief Police Officers.

The scheme is aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. Facilities that meet the criteria for safety and security of vehicles and car park users, after an assessment by the Police, are granted Safer Parking Status and given a ‘Park Mark’ award.

The Park Mark awards for rail stations in Essex mean that the parking operator, NCP, has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime in their parking facilities.  

Greater Anglia’s Customer Service Director, Andrew Goodrum, said, “Passenger safety is our top priority and I am delighted that these stations have been recognised as offering high security standards through the Park Mark awards. I hope it will give station users confidence that we take their safety and security very seriously, not only on trains and stations, but in our parking facilities too. I would like to congratulate the station team and NCP on retaining Safer Parking Status for a further year.”

Stuart Marchant, Contracts Manager for National Car Parks said “NCP takes the safety and security of our customers very seriously and we have been very pleased with the close working relationship between ourselves, the rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia and the British Transport Police that have enabled us to successfully attain the Park Mark awards.”