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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 11:04 GMT
New CCTV for vandal-hit metro
passengers waiting for Tyneside metro train
The network's passengers fear crime
The operators of the Tyne and Wear metro are hoping to improve passenger safety with a state-of-the-art digital CCTV system.

Nexus have been awarded funding of just under 6.5 m by the Home Office as part of its crime reduction strategy.

It follows successful pilot projects of the system at Tyne Dock, Shiremoor, Meadow Well and North Shields metro stations.

Northumbria police said it has proved an invaluable tool in crime reduction and in gathering evidence for some of the most serious cases across the region.

Sharp footage

Surveys have repeatedly shown that fear of crime, particularly in the evenings, is the biggest single concern for passengers on the network.

The security package, said to be the first of its kind in the country, will comprise a total of 480 hi-tech cameras fitted throughout the metro's 58 stations.

This will include the new extension to Sunderland, due to open in March 2002.


The cameras will link to a police control centre
The cameras feature digital quality monitoring and recording facilities giving pin-sharp clarity on footage.

This can be used as evidence against offenders in court.

In addition to covering metro stations and interchanges, adjacent car parks, footpaths and subways will be monitored.

Cameras will be linked to control rooms in all Tyne and Wear local authority areas, as well as to the metro's own control centre at South Gosforth and Northumbria Police.

Nexus hopes to have the full system in place by Spring 2003.

Director General, Mike Parker, said: "Passenger safety is our number one priority and so we're absolutely delighted to receive government approval for the system.

"Surveys of Metro passengers, including feedback from surgeries held around the system, show that security tops the list of passenger concerns.

"We know that passengers will be pleased to learn that we're doing everything possible to ensure their safety."

Frequent vandalism

Police have previously responded to the frequent vandalism on the Tyne and wear metro by making regular patrols on trains and around stations.

They also targeted the system's car parks where objects have been thrown at passing trains.

The hooliganism often gets worse during the school summer holidays.

In 1998, Nexus attempted to cut crime by playing classical music on loudspeakers to deter youngsters from hanging around the vandal-hit Shiremoor station.


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