ScotRail Alliance in £300,000 safety investment

ScotRail Alliance in £300,000 safety investment

The ScotRail Alliance has invested £300,000 to make the railways safer for customers and staff.

Over 300 body-worn CCTV cameras, supplied by Edinburgh-based Edesix, are being made available to frontline staff across the country. The devices can be clipped on to the staff member’s uniform, or worn on a lanyard, and are clearly marked as CCTV cameras.

The roll out follows a successful trial, where staff found that people positively changed their behaviour when informed that they were being recorded. Footage from cameras worn by staff has also been used in a number of prosecutions.

The initiative has been delivered in partnership with Transport Scotland and trade unions ASLEF, RMT and TSSA.

Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance managing director, said: “We are building the best railway that Scotland’s ever had, and a key part of that is continuing to improve the safety of our railway. The safety and security of our staff and customers is our priority.

“Anti-social behaviour will never be tolerated at our stations, or on our trains. These new cameras will improve everyone’s journey by deterring anti-social or criminal behaviour, and help with gathering vital evidence on the rare occasions when it does occur.”

Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the Islands, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to working with our industry partners to help build the best railway Scotland has ever had.

"Part of this includes investing in measures to target unwelcome behaviour and introducing bodycams will play a role in that.”