Rail organisation, Southern, has scooped a major industry award thanks to its efforts in improving safety and security for passengers and staff on its network.
The company, which operates routes of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, picked up the Ideagen sponsored Safety and Security award at the Rail Business Awards 2015 thanks to its Rail Neighbourhood Officer (RNO) scheme.
Launched in 2009 alongside British Transport Police (BTP), the scheme sees teams of RNOs work side-by-side with BTP officers to reduce crime and the fear of crime at dedicated stations on the Southern network.
And at this year’s Rail Business Awards at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday, February 25th, their efforts were commended by being named winners of the Safety and Security Excellence category. The category commends organisations who have introduced any safety or security development, product or service into the UK rail industry.
Andrew McIntyre, Enterprise Software Sales Director for Ideagen, sponsors of the category for the third successive year, handed the award to Southern at this year’s event.
He said: “Ideagen is delighted to present this award to an organisation that has shown great dedication towards improving safety and security for both passengers and staff across its vast rail network.
“Southern’s Rail Neighbourhood Officers have delivered excellent results and the scheme itself not only addresses both safety and security of passengers and rail staff, but generates goodwill also. This scheme could easily be adopted and rolled out nationally.”
Since 2009, the RNOs have patrolled over 20,000 trains, written up 2,700 Fare Evasion notices, contributed to 340 arrests and given out 37,075 Anti-Social Behaviour warnings. This dedicated group continues to go above and beyond to help passengers and staff feel safe across its network.
Arriva Trains Wales were runners-up in the category, with the organisation being highly commended for its ‘Participate Engage Challenge’ programme which was launched to improve work place safety and reduce accidents.
In the UK, Ideagen’s safety and security expertise and software products help the likes of Virgin Trains, Southeastern, Southern and GB Railfreight manage processes around safety security and compliance.
Our picture shows Andrew McIntyre alongside Nick Hewer, co-host of the Apprentice, handing over the Safety and Security Excellence Award to Southern's Wayne Harris, Head of Rail Enforcement, and Tom Stovell, Rail Enforcement.