EIGHT South Yorkshire rail stations, including Thorne North, have been awarded by a national scheme for measures taken to provide a safe environment for both passengers and staff.
Along with Meadowhall, Barnsley, Rotherham Central, Adwick, Swinton, Wombwell & Chapeltown stations, Thorne North has been accredited by the Secure Station Scheme, which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP).
Station operators, Northern Rail together with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), achieved the recognition having enhanced employee training, recruitment and risk assessments at the stations, as well as introducing measures to address crime and reduce the opportunity for criminal activity.
It is the first time that Thorne North rail station has been accredited by the two-year scheme.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We’re delighted that eight of South Yorkshire’s rail stations have now been awarded Secure Station status.
“Train travel is already one of the safest ways to get around. By focusing on details such as careful design and better management we can make a real difference to levels of safety at stations.
“The Secure Station Scheme accreditation underlines our commitment to maintain a safe and secure environment for our customers and staff, and work is underway to add even more stations to the Scheme.”