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Police Link To Prevent South East Rail Crime - 7854/12645
Written by Lee on Monday, 7th July 2008

Staff employed to prevent crime on trains in the South East have been provided with a new system to help improve security for passengers (link below.)

Railway Enforcement Officers (REOs) on Southeastern trains now have access to the police radio network.

They can now contact British Transport Police (BTP) using two-way radios. Previously REOs relied on phones, which could be affected by poor reception.

BTP said the Airwave radio system was the first of its kind in Britain.

Southeastern's 60 REOs are trained and accredited by BTP to carry out patrols, deal with fare evasion and anti-social behaviour on trains and stations, and to reassure passengers.

Since they were introduced in November 2005 they have work closely with BTP officers to boost security and helped to cut crime, a BTP spokesperson said.

Using the new police radios, calls for emergency help, reports of suspicious items or assaults and crimes being committed can be made instantly.

Southeastern's radio control will be centrally run from its closed circuit television suite in central London.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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