British Transport Police (BTP) officers were accompanied on patrol by Cathy Jamieson, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, on Friday night (29 July 2011).
Mrs Jamieson travelled from Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central and returned later in the evening. There were no serious incidents reported. However, officers were required to assist the ticket examiner in dealing with three men who refused to pay their fare.
Constituents have been in contact with BTP, train operator ScotRail and Mrs Jamieson, in relation to issues – mainly surrounding antisocial behaviour on trains travelling between Kilmarnock and Glasgow and the opposite direction.
Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scotland area of BTP, said:
“Any form of antisocial behaviour or criminality on our trains is unacceptable and remains a priority for BTP.
“This initiative was an ideal opportunity for Mrs Jamieson, as the local Member of Parliament, to see for herself the work of our officers and how they tackle any issues.”
Mrs Jamieson said:
“I was pleased to accompany BTP officers on patrol on the train from Kilmarnock to Glasgow and back. This gave an opportunity to speak to passengers who are regular travellers, and hear their experience of disorder on the trains.
“While most passengers who travel earlier in the evening were relatively satisfied, it was clear that a number had concerns about drunkenness and disorder on the later trains.
“People should be able to travel without fear of intimidation or abuse from fellow passengers, and it is reassuring to know that BTP is taking these concerns seriously”
Constituents will have the opportunity to raise any issues or concerns they have about travelling on the rail network at Mrs Jamieson’s surgery at Stewarton Area Centre this Friday (5 August 2011) between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Senior officers from BTP will also be present.