Manchester’s transport providers to trial new crime-busting measures

A crackdown on crime and antisocial behaviour on the region’s transport network has been launched.

The two-week initiative has been launched by the TravelSafe Partnership and will see police and TravelSafe officers using a range of tactics to keep people safe on the region’s sprawling bus and tram networks, which cater for more than 240 million journeys each year.

Some of the activity during the fortnight long operation will include covert and high visibility TravelSafe officers on board public transport, as well as being deployed on the platforms and bus stations to deter and tackle criminality. The team will also execute warrants issued by court enforcement officials to retrieve unpaid fines.

The partnership is made up of TravelSafe Officers (TSOs), Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and police officers, all dedicated to patrolling the transport network including busses and trams.

The multiagency approach is designed to tackle and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. It uses antisocial behaviour and crime data alongside intelligence from operators to allocate dedicated resources in areas where they are most needed.

The unit is split by four areas to cover the whole city region. By doing this the team are able to familiarise themselves with the areas they serve and work alongside other partners to get to tackle broader issues associated with antisocial behaviour in those areas.

The ultimate aim is to improve the safety and comfort of the millions of passengers that use Manchester’s public transport every year.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant