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BUILDING A SAFER AND MORE SECURE TUBE

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Increased CCTV coverage, more platform help points and improved ...
Increased CCTV coverage, more platform help points and improved

station layouts will lead to an even safer system for Tube passengers

under the plans for a 21st century Tube system, minister for London

Nick Raynsford said today.

On a visit to the site of a brand new British Transport Police

station and headquarters building at 55 Tottenham Court Road, Mr

Raynsford viewed the redevelopment work with construction staff and

discussed Tube modernisation plans for greater safety and security on

the Tube.

The new development will include:

* An operational custody suite incorporating 8 cells, surgeon's

room and interview rooms

* Police offices, shower/locker room, mess room and rest room

* Parking for police vehicles

* Kennels for police dogs

Mr Raynsford said:

'The construction of new British Transport Police facilities in

Tottenham Court Road is an excellent example of the private and

public sectors working together for the benefit of passengers, London

Underground and the police.

'Passenger safety and security will be further enhanced under the

21st century modernisation plans for the Tube. In addition to

increased CCTV coverage, improved station layouts and lighting will

help to create safer station environments. An increase in the number

of help points will also provide additional security on platforms.

'The recent 20.7% reduction in crime on the Tube is a testament to

the excellent work of the British Transport Police on one of the

busiest Underground networks in the world. Once complete, this new

facility will help drive down crime levels even further.'

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