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New campaign to shine a light on how the TravelSafe Partnership keeps the travelling public safe

A new campaign, highlighting how the TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) is working to keep Greater Manchester’s travelling public safe, launches today. 

The partnership is jointly led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Greater Manchester Police, with support from operators, local authorities and British Transport Police.  

The campaign will shine a light on the work of the TSP and the security features that are in place to help prevent and tackle crime and ASB, such as the 5,000 hours that police officers and transport staff spend every week patrolling our networks, or the 3,800 CCTV cameras that feed into TfGM and Metrolink’s control rooms that operate 24hours a day, 365 days a year.   

The campaign comes as almost 300 fines have been handed out following a series of special operations across the tram and bus network.  

Since October, just under 5,000 people have been spoken to by transport staff, with five arrests made and five people given a police caution. 

TravelSafe’s presence on the Bury line was increased in response to an incident at the Radcliffe tram stop on Sunday 10 October, as well as reports of youth-related antisocial behaviour in the area. 

The latest operation at Ashton interchange, another antisocial behaviour hotspot, on 10 November, resulted in three youths being arrested by officers from GMP’s Transport Unit. 

Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, said: “These six operations, and their impressive impact, should reassure passengers that public transport in Greater Manchester is, in the majority of circumstances, a safe and secure way to travel.  

“It also sends a very clear message to those committing crime and antisocial behaviour on our transport network that it simply will not be tolerated. 

“I want to thank TravelSafe officers and their Greater Manchester Police colleagues for their hard work over the past few weeks - this activity shows that we are taking robust action to combat crime, deter criminals and keep people safe, and I thank the public for their support." 

TfGM’s Travel Safe partnership manager, Kate Green, said: “We want everyone’s journey to be a safe and enjoyable one, and through the TravelSafe Partnership we are taking an enforcement, engagement and education-led approach to make sure that it is. 

“By shining a light on this activity, we hope this campaign will reassure our local communities that public transport is safe, but also send a clear message to those who misbehave or step outside the law, that such behaviour will not be tolerated.” 

Superintendent Julie Ellison from the Safer Transport Team at Greater Manchester Police said: “I am keen to reassure our local communities their voices are heard; we have listened to concerns and this activity demonstrates how we are working with partners to continue to tackle ASB, and proactively target those involved.

“We will continue to have the Transport Unit and local district Police Officers deployed with TfGM partners across public transport here in Greater Manchester, as this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

"We acknowledge the distress it is causing and we will continue to take robust action against those responsible.”

TravelSafe teams will continue to carry out intelligence-led deployments at key points across the public transport network to deter antisocial behaviour and increase passenger confidence. 

A breakdown of each operation is as follows: 

  8 Oct   Bury 15 Oct Victoria 21 Oct Rochdale 25 Oct   Bury 3 Nov     Bury 10 Nov Ashton Total
People spoken to 818 1800 785 600 570 420 4993
Fines for fare evasion 23 127 37 55 27 28 297
Arrests 0 0 0 2 1 3 6
Police cautions 0 4 0 0 1 0 5


Contact Information

Transport for Greater Manchester Press Office

0161 244 1055


Notes to editors

Pictures attached are from the specialist TravelSafe operation at Ashton interchange on 10 November