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Friday, September 22, 2023

GTR and BTP renew commitment to safety

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has strengthened its partnership with the British Transport Police (BTP) for another year by signing a collaboration agreement, committing both organisations to work together towards shared objectives.

The declaration was signed by Patrick Verwer, CEO of GTR, and Christopher Casey, Chief Superintendent for the BTP.

In the past year, the two organisations have worked together closely to crack down on crime across the GTR network. Joined-up working has included more patrols, increased presence at problem areas and dedicated teams tackling reports of antisocial behaviour and County Lines – both of which are rising year-on-year according to GTR data.

The renewed agreement will help to continue meaningful and consistent work being delivered by GTR and BTP in partnership. Both parties will work together to:

  • Deter unwanted sexual behaviour on GTR trains and stations.
  • Identify and protect potentially vulnerable people and groups using the GTR network.
  • Prevent and prosecute any staff assault.
  • Improve staff and passenger confidence through increased engagement.

“Everyone travelling with GTR deserves to get home safely,” said Samantha Facey, safety, health and security director at GTR.

“We’ve worked closely with the BTP for many years, and along with our dedicated frontline teams and Rail Enforcement Officers, it is our joint mission to look out for the safety of our passengers and our staff. We were the first rail operator to sign the collaboration agreement in 2022 and since then have seen improvements in joint operations, shared information and better support.”

Christopher Casey, chief superintendent for the BTP, added: “This agreement further solidifies our close partnership as our goals remain closely intertwined. Our overarching vision at BTP is to be a world leading Police Force trusted to provide a safe and reliable railway. This agreement’s signing distinctly outlines various mutual objectives that will enable us to collectively sustain efforts in deterring criminal activities within the rail network, while also fostering trust and confidence among passengers and rail industry partners.”

Image credit: GTR

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