Trojan bus returns
Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT) ‘Trojan’ bus has been on the road again during the summer holidays. The vehicle was first introduced several years ago and looks like a normal NCT bus, except its windows are made of toughened glass and its passengers are plain clothes police officers. The operator runs the Trojan bus in partnership with the Police and the Respect for Transport campaign. It has been making regular trips around Nottingham, particularly targeting areas where there have been problems with stone throwing causing smashed windows and other acts of criminal damage. It has been claimed that it is helping significantly reduce incidents of bus vandalism, with only 31 smashed windows this year compared to 45 over the same period in 2012. As a result of the initiative, NCT has seen its repair bill reduced from £150,000 per year to around £40,000.
NCT Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith, said, ‘Before the Trojan bus project the summer holidays were a peak time for vandalism, which is why we feel it’s important to maintain visibility with more trips. The Trojan bus is an effective deterrent on the streets of Nottingham and is helping us significantly reduce the amount of vehicle vandalism year on year. We want our drivers and passengers to enjoy travelling in a safe environment over the summer holidays and the Trojan bus is helping us to achieve this.’