The council has praised the work of the Greater Manchester TravelSafe Partnership after a fall in antisocial behaviour on the borough’s Metrolink network and bus services was reported in recent months.
The TravelSafe Partnership aims to keep public transport safe with reassurance to passengers and preventing and dealing with incidents of crime, antisocial behaviour and fare evasion. A team of Police Constables (PCs), Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Special Constables (SCs) and TravelSafe Officers (TSOs) provide regular patrols on the borough’s networks.
‘All agencies are working together to tackle this persistent problem’
Councillor Phil Burke, who represents the borough on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGM) said the improvements were down to ongoing work by the Police, Metrolink, Transport for Greater Manchester, local councillors and our youth service:
“Our youth service regularly deploy staff to hotspot areas and have a rolling programme to interact with youths as well as a range of diversionary events to move groups from the tram stations. There have been highly visible TravelSafe operations on the Rochdale line and a number of groups causing antisocial behaviour have been worked with. There are plans for more operations and a number of arrests have also been made.”
Since December 2017, 10 additional Police Community Support Officers have been in post and are now involved in the task of reducing crime and antisocial behaviour on the region’s bus and tram networks. The new officers will provide an increased staff presence on the various transport networks, particularly in the evening and at weekends.
Chief Inspector Nick Hill said:
“Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and is being addressed head on. I am very proud of the way all agencies are working together to tackle this persistent problem.”
TravelSafe is led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) with support from contributing operators KeolisAmey, Metrolink, Stagecoach and First Manchester.