East Suffolk Lines Stations Achieve Safe and Secure Status

Lowestoft Station
Lowestoft Station prior to social distancing guidelines and the mask mandate on public transport

Five stations along the East Suffolk Lines have been recognised for safety and security.

Lowestoft, Halesworth, Saxmundham, Woodridge and Ipswich are among 63 stations across the Greater Anglia network to be re-accredited in the national ‘Secure Stations’ scheme run the British Transport Police (BTP) in cooperation with the Department for Transport.

The scheme recognises good practice where train operators have worked in partnership with the British Transport Police and other organisations to implement high standards of security at stations. It take into account station design, management practices, security and passenger safety.

Some of the measures which have been implemented by Greater Anglia at stations in the past 4 years include the installation of CCTV where there was none prior, upgraded CCTV, better lighting, new and additional help points, and at some stations secure cycle storage areas.

Greater Anglia has also provided guidance to station staff about security and vigilance and has improved working procedures with partners such as the BTP.

Mark Tye, Greater Anglia’s Safety Compliance Manager, said, “In the recent reassessment, we were delighted to retain Secure Stations status for 63 stations on our network. The accreditations demonstrate that our working partnership with the British Transport Police is creating a safe, secure railway for everyone so that passengers can travel with confidence.”

The complete list of Greater Anglia stations gaining re-accreditation

Althorne, Audley End, Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Brimsdown, Broxbourne, Burnham-on-Crouch, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Colchester Town, Diss, Elsenham, Ely, Enfield Lock, Great Chesterford, Great Yarmouth, Halesworth, Harlow Town, Harwich International, Hatfield Peverel, Hertford East, Hockley, Ingatestone, Ipswich, Kelvedon, Lea Bridge, Lowestoft, Manea, Manningtree, Marks Tey, Newport, North Fambridge, Northumberland Park, Norwich, Ponders End, Rayleigh, Rochford, Roydon, Sawbridgeworth, Saxmundham, Shelford, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Southminster, South Woodham Ferrers, Stansted Airport, Stansted Mountfitchet, St Margaret’s, Stowmarket, Thetford, Thorpe Le Soken, Tottenham Hale, Waltham Cross, Ware, Whittlesea, Whittlesford Parkway, Wickford, Woodbridge and Wrabness.