Transport Minister launches dedicated British Transport Police team for Borders Railway
Transport Minister Keith Brown has today officially launched the dedicated British Transport Police (BTP) team to patrol the Borders Railway project.
The team - an inspector, a sergeant and seven constables - will work closely with Network Rail and the main contractor, BAM Nuttall, to keep the 30 miles of new railway free from disruption.
Inspector Angela McGregor, the BTP officer leading the Borders Railway team said:
“At this early construction phase, the team is working with those within the footprint of the major project to explain the role of British Transport Police. Officers are engaging with residents, who have not had a working railway in their area for more than 40 years, to address any concerns they may have, make them aware of safety measures required as well as providing essential security and crime prevention advice.”
The BTP team has a permanent base within the offices of the main contractor at Newtongrange and are regularly attending community events within the Midlothian and Borders areas.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
"This project will reconnect many communities in the Borders and Midlothian with the rail network for the first time in over 40 years, and it's important that those working, using and living near the line feel safe throughout the construction phase and once it's up and running.
"The new BTP team will offer a reassuring presence and provide residents and those working on the railway with expert advice and support.
"By creating an attractive alternative we hope to cut car journeys on the region’s roads by around 60,000 peak trips per year and I am looking forward to seeing the Borders Railway taking shape with all the social, economic and environmental benefits it will bring for the area.”
Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scotland area of BTP, added:
“The establishment of the team is an important development for us. The team will provide reassurance and essential advice, not only to those working on such a crucial project, but also to those who will be living and working in the areas of the seven purpose-built stations.
“When the line between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank is up and running the officers will also patrol trains and the new stations.”
David Simpson, Network Rail Route Managing Director, Scotland commented:
"We are always pleased to work alongside our colleagues at the BTP but never more so than when working on a new railway. It's vitally important that communities, residents and future passengers feel that the Borders Railway is safe and secure and the BTP has a crucial role to play to instill that confidence."