27/02/2009

New CCTV System Installed At Coleraine Station

A new high-quality CCTV system has been installed at Coleraine train station.

Translink said it hopes the cameras will serve as a powerful deterrent to prevent level crossing abuse.

When incidents do occur, footage can be used to investigate, apprehend and prosecute offenders where possible.

Frank Moore Northern Route Manager said: "We want to provide a safe environment for our passengers and employees and as such level crossing abuse will not be tolerated. Safety is of top priority for NI Railways."

"We will adopt a zero tolerance approach in relation to those who recklessly put their own lives and the lives of others at risk," he said.
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"Last year, we had eight successful convictions for safety related offences at this particular crossing in Coleraine."

Coleraine Mayor David Barbour welcomed the new system.

He said: "It is crucial people recognise the dangers of level crossing abuse and anti-social behaviour.

"Coleraine Borough Council is already committed to this form of security for its town centres."

The cameras are part of a wider campaign in which Translink has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

"Translink also continues to highlight the reward scheme, which offers up to £1,000 reward to anyone who gives evidence leading to a successful prosecution," added a spokesman.

(PR/JM)

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