EMR to install CCTV at four stations in £123k project to improve safety

Wednesday, 26 January 2022
  • Alsager, Belper, Matlock Bath and Willington stations to get new CCTV
  • Adopter teams and local community groups help inform planned camera coverage
  • CCTV will cover areas affected by anti-social behaviour and vandalism

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to install CCTV at four stations across its Regional network at a cost of more than £120,000.

Stations at Alsager, Belper, Matlock Bath and Willington will all benefit from the new cameras which will be installed by Spring and help improve the station environment.

EMR has worked closely with station adoption teams and local community groups to identify areas at each station that require camera coverage - helping to address any anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti, as well as providing reassurance to customers.

The project is part of EMR’s Stations Social and Commercial Development Plan which allows station adoption teams and local community groups to highlight, promote and suggest improvements to stations. As the train operator at Willington Station, CrossCountry has also contributed £15,000 towards the improvements.

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “It is important to take rail users’ security very seriously, so I am pleased to see this project completed which should help safeguard them and their possessions, while they use the stations.

"The message is clear. If you are intending to commit a crime at a railway station, the CCTV will provide very clear footage that will help to identify and prosecute you. Hopefully, this additional security will provide passengers with more confidence using the stations and complement the efforts of our station adoption groups, who take great pride to make their stations welcoming and attractive environments for both local residents and visitors to the area.”

Lisa Angus, Transition and Projects Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “We work closely with our station adoption teams and local people across our network to fully understand the issues at their local station and address areas of concerns.

"Many of these stations are gateways to communities and quite rightly people are very proud of their appearance. We hope these new CCTV cameras will help to cut down anti-social behaviour, graffiti and vandalism and help customers feel reassured when they use the station.”