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Railway station gets safety award
Reading railway station
The station is covered by 24-hour CCTV and security guard patrols
A Berkshire station has won a national award for security and safety.

The government award will be presented by Martin Salter, MP for Reading West, who commutes daily from the station to Westminster when Parliament is sitting.

The station platforms, ticket offices and car parks are covered by 24-hour CCTV and security guard patrols.

Reading Station was accredited with Secure Station status after meeting strict standards of design, security, management, and passenger safety.

Station manager Sonia Crosby said: "This is a seal of approval for the work we've done to enhance security and safety at the station.

"Although crime on the railways is extremely low and we are continually looking for ways to make our stations and trains safer, this award is about addressing customers' perceptions and reducing their fear of crime."

Martin Salter said: "Safety and security are top priorities for all rail users and I hope this Secure Station status will help reassure local people who use Reading station."

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