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Railways: Safety

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment she has made of safety at (a) manned and (b) unmanned mainline rail stations; (154743)

(2) what recent assessment she has made of the merits of manned mainline rail stations during operating hours.

Staffing levels at stations are a matter for the station operator to determine.

The Department has not made any recent assessments of safety and/or personal security at manned and unmanned mainline rail stations or on the merits of manned stations during operating hours. However, a national passenger survey is undertaken twice a year by Passenger Focus to assess how safe passengers feel at stations and on trains. In the most recent survey of over 21,000 passengers most people were satisfied with the level of safety and security provided at stations. Also, as part of the Secure Stations scheme accreditation process, a passenger survey is required to be undertaken to assess how safe passengers feel at the station.