Greater Anglia’s Southend Line stations named ‘Safe and Secure’

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Rail stations on Greater Anglia’s Southend and Southminster lines have been granted ‘Secure Station’ status for their enhanced safety and security.

All eight stations on Southend line – Shenfield, Billericay, Wickford, Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford, Prittlewell and Southend Victoria - and six on the Southminster line - Althorne, Battlesbridge, Burnham-on-Crouch, North Fambridge, South Woodham Ferrers and Southminster - all now hold the accreditation.

The national ‘Secure Stations’ scheme recognises good practice where train operators have worked in partnership with the British Transport Police and other partners in implementing high standards of security at stations.

Directed by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police, the awards take into account areas such as station design, management practices, security and passenger safety.

Greater Anglia has recently worked to install and upgrade CCTV at these stations, provided guidance to station staff about security and vigilance and improved working procedures with partners such as the British Transport Police.

Michael O’Callaghan, Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager – South, said, “We are delighted to have achieved Secure Stations status for all stations on the Southend and Southminster Lines and our working partnership with the British Transport Police.

“Two years ago, only five stations on the line were accredited, so these additional awards demonstrate the hard work and commitment of my team and our partners in the British Transport Police in providing a safe, secure environment for our customers and their property.”