Search is on for safer stations

Sheffield University is launching a European-wide project which will help draw up guidelines to make public transport stations safer.

Passengers will be asked for their views as part of the SecureStation initiative, which runs until the end of September.

The aim is to reduce the risks of general crime, fire and the extreme situation of a terrorist attack.

Anyone over the age of 18 who uses public transport can complete an online survey – at www.securestation.eu/survey.html – covering issues such as staffing levels, CCTV, lighting, public announcements, reporting of suspicious packages, time to access platforms, cost, comfort, luggage restrictions and baggage screening.

The aim is to find out the priorities of the travelling public in designing an efficient and secure transport system.

“Changes to increase security often go unnoticed by the public, but some can be more intrusive, perhaps bringing delay or a loss of privacy,” said university engineer Dr David Fletcher.

“We’re finding out which security options have greatest acceptability, so we’re asking for input from transport users.”