A clampdown on antisocial behaviour across Greater Manchester’s buses and trams has now been enacted by the Travelsafe Unit. Over the next two months, the policing squad will be running a focused campaign and increasing its patrols across the networks. Set up to make Greater Manchester’s buses and trams even safer by visibly patrolling and tackling problems on the networks, the unit will be using body worn cameras, existing CCTV and shared intelligence to identify and prosecute offenders. They will also be running a series of events planned to warn young people of the potential dangers and consequences of antisocial behaviour. The clampdown has been planned to coincide with the school summer holidays.
Launched on 1 April as a three-year pilot scheme, the Travelsafe Unit comprises of a team of police constables, police community support officers, special constables and security personnel. It has already made 32 arrests for a variety of offences and conducted 117 gateway check operations. In addition to this activity, more than 1,788 invalid tickets and a further 101 fraudulent tickets have been identified. The scheme allows contributing operators (Metrolink RATP Dev Ltd (MRDL), FirstBus and Stagecoach) to share intelligence as well as crime and antisocial behaviour data. The pilot is also focusing on preventative measures and youth education.