Trespass Scheme

South West Trains and Network Rail Trespass Scheme

Forming part of a larger programme of works aimed at reducing delays to services, South West Trains & Network Rail have asked H&M Security Services to assist them with providing high visibility mobile patrols, targeting trespass hotspots and vulnerable locations between stations, level crossings and external fence lines along their routes.

Like many large train operators South West Trains are always looking at ways to improve their services and delays.

People trespassing on the rail infrastructure is one of the major causes for delays and this is an important part of our strategy for dealing with this.

Working with NWR’s Mobile Operations Managers and British Transport Police the patrols provide a visible deterrent and are jointly tasked using the various intelligence streams available.

There are many reasons why people trespass on the rail including, vulnerable groups who may be looking to harm themselves or are unable to comprehend the danger due to their metal state, people under the influence of drugs or alcohol, criminals attacking the rail infrastructure, or simply members of the public who fail to understand the risks or dangers that their actions cause.

To prepare our officers to deal with the types of people  or incidents they may come across, we have developed additional training for our security teams that includes track safety and rail awareness, and dealing with vulnerable people. As well as personal development we have issued crews with body and vehicle cameras so that they can capture incidents, helping to protect security officers, rail staff, and members of the public involved in incidents, and help us to identify any lessons that can be learnt from dealing with these incidents.

This was initially a pilot scheme but has now been extended for further analysis into 2017.