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following the successful introduction in 2018.
 
 

  • 250 more cameras to be rolled out across the network
  • Follows the successful implementation of the scheme in 2018
  • The extra cameras will be used on by station staff and on-board teams

Virgin Trains are rolling out more body worn cameras for station staff and on-board teams to use after successfully
introducing the scheme last year.

After becoming the first UK train operator to provide the cameras to cover all its frontline teams, the train operator
is equipping a further 250 of its people with cameras bringing the total to over 500.

These will primarily be used by staff working across the network - including station staff and on-board teams. Following
a pilot scheme, Virgin Trains initially introduced 275 cameras in September last year. The pilot between February
2018 and September 2018, saw a reduction in assaults on Virgin Trains staff.

Further analysis has seen physical assaults on Virgin Trains’ employees drop by 30 percent in the period between
April and September 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. As a result of the success of the soft launch, body
worn cameras were adopted across the network for revenue protection officers at ticket barriers and train managers
on board.

In another first for the rail industry, Virgin Trains granted the British Transport Police direct access to footage
from the cameras to carry out investigations where needed, thanks to a state-of-the-art cloud-based system. This
allows footage to be viewed when the cameras are docked – speeding up investigations and possible prosecutions.

Dave Whitehouse, Safety Director at Virgin Trains, said: “The safety of our staff and customers is paramount, and
body worn cameras play an important role in helping us to keep our network safe.

The feedback is that our staff feel more confident and reassured wearing the equipment while working on the network.
It’s only natural that more of our people should have access to using it. Body Worn Cameras act as a deterrent, but
if one of our people is subjected to an assault or there is another incident involving our customers, the technology is
also there to quickly provide evidence to the British Transport Police.”

Sergeant Lakhveer Singh, of British Transport Police, said: “Virgin Trains announcement of more body worn cameras
for their staff has the full support of British Transport Police. We know from experience that body worn video is a
fantastic piece of kit, that helps us in securing convictions against those who target staff with unnecessary violence
or abuse.”