The mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has announced a major investment in the safety of Greater Manchester’s public transport system.
The TravelSafe Partnership (TSP), a multi-agency approach set up to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on the region’s bus and tram networks.
24 new TravelSafe officers or TSO’s will operate from July 15 and from July 17 fifty PCSO’s will join up with the TSO’s which will enhance patrols on the transport network, further to this they will be supported by a new police sergeant and four police constables.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I am committed to making Greater Manchester’s public transport system one of the safest.
“I promised to prioritise a greater staffing presence on our public transport in the evenings and early mornings and today we are delivering on that promise. This announcement marks not only an investment in the safety of the network, but a clear move towards promoting Greater Manchester as a great place to visit and supporting our thriving nightlife.”
Incidents of crime and ASB continue to be rare on the region’s buses and trams, when you consider approximately 206 million journeys were made on the bus network and 37 million on Metrolink in Greater Manchester in 2016.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Greater Manchester’s transport network has become one that our residents and users can be proud of.
“The introduction of the TravelSafe PCSOs enhances our existing team, which includes an inspector, sergeant and police constables.
“It means that there will be staff dedicated to ensuring the safety of transport users, which will be a welcoming sight to everyone who uses the bus and tram network.
“The PCSOs will be working alongside colleagues within the travel networks in addition to colleagues at Greater Manchester Police to deter criminality and to deal with any incidents that can affect public safety.”