Uckfield and Eridge Stations safe places to be

UCKFIELD and Eridge railway stations have once again been given a clean bill of health as far as safety and security from potential crime are concerned.

Wealden MP Charles Hendry has learnt from the Department of Transport that both have been re-accredited under the Secure Stations Scheme, which aims at cutting down crime at railway stations.

The stations have retained the stipulated national standards in station, passenger and staff security.

This scheme covers all rail and underground networks which are policed by the British Transport Police.

It has established standards of good practice and accredits individual stations which have worked with the British Transport Police and other local partners to implement security measures.

Stations remain accredited for two years, after which a further application is made for re-accreditation.

Charles Hendry said: “I am delighted to learn that both these stations have been re-accredited.

“I hope that this scheme will help protect the stations and keep them secure so that they can continue to be a safe place for passengers while waiting for their trains.

“We have seen a huge improvement in our rail services over recent years, although there remain problems about overcrowding and about parking at stations.

“With the provision of additional late night services from London, one of the most important issues people will be concerned about is their safety and this scheme provides good reassurance.”

Uckfield’s new station building, including a ticket office and café, was built to a prefabricated design and opened in place on March 16 last year.