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Global Level Crossing & Trespass Symposium 2012 Reducing disruption and risk. Andrew Trotter Chief Constable British Transport Police. Setting the scene. What is the risk? Partnership working Innovative approach Reducing disruption. British Transport Police 7 million rail journeys

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global level crossing trespass symposium 2012 reducing disruption and risk
Global Level Crossing & Trespass Symposium 2012Reducing disruption and risk

Andrew Trotter

Chief Constable

British Transport Police

setting the scene
Setting the scene

What is the risk?

Partnership working

Innovative approach

Reducing disruption

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British Transport Police

7 million rail journeys

2804 railway stations

2815 police officers

378 PCSOs

244 Special Constables

1396 police staff

level crossings the risks
Level crossings – the risks
  • Approx 7000 level crossings on NWR infrastructure
  • Different types of crossings
  • Lack of awareness on use of level crossings
  • Significant risk to the rail industry of a major incident – e.g. Ufton Nervet
ufton nervet rail crash
Ufton Nervet rail crash
  • First Great Western service hit stationary vehicle on level crossing
  • All 8 coaches derailed
  • 200 passengers on board, over 100 injured
  • 7 people died (including the driver of the vehicle)
  • Driver of vehicle committed suicide
  • Significant disruption, recovery and investigation
sudbury rail crash
Sudbury rail crash
  • User worked / authorised user only crossing
  • Driver failed to follow instructions (crossed without phoning)
  • Driver prosecuted and imprisoned
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Partnership working

  • Joint working with industry partners
  • More collaborative approach to risk assessment
  • Joint resolution of cross-industry issues
  • Joint aim:
    • Reduce risk
    • Increase enforcement
    • Increase awareness
    • Design out
slide10

BTP’s response

  • Partnership work with Network Rail
  • Innovative response
  • Mobile Safety Vehicles
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BTP’s response

  • Targeting hotspot locations agreed with industry
  • Problem Solving Plans developed locally
  • BTP Traffic Fixed Penalty Notices
  • New sentencing standards agreed with HMCTS
  • Driver education courses rolled out nationally
  • 33% reduction in offending at locations where vehicles have been deployed
  • Response has helped reduce disruption
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Reducing disruption

  • 31% reduction in NWR delay minutes caused by level crossing incidents against last year
  • 14% reduction in NWR delay minutes caused by trespass against last year
  • Offences
user worked crossings
User Worked Crossings
  • Need for greater automation and better information allowing the user to make an informed decision
  • Larger numbers now redundant and NWR are seeking to close
  • Problem Solving Plans and agreeable behaviour contracts
  • Use of Community Behaviour Orders
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Disruption Strategy

  • Development of disruption strategy
  • Reduce disruption related incidents and time taken to deal with such incidents
    • Railway obstruction
    • Suicidal persons
    • Trespass
    • Disorder
    • Crime scenes
    • Vandalism
    • Unattended packages