MEMBER for Northern Tablelands has today announced major safety and security upgrades for Armidale and Moree Railway Stations, as part of a NSW country-wide program being rolled out by the State Government.
Mr Marshall said Armidale and Moree would share in the $2 million security upgrade, which will see 200 high definition motion-sensitive CCTV cameras installed at 22 stations and coach stops across country NSW
In addition to the security cameras, Mr Marshall said new Customer Help Points would also be installed at both stations. When pressed, the Help Point connects customers to a 24/7 emergency support centre where real-time assistance will be provided.
“I’m delighted that Armidale and Moree stations will receive these security upgrades which will ensure customer safety and assist police with their investigations when required,” Mr Marshall said.
“Fortunately there haven’t been very many reports of safety concerns at our train stations, but these new cameras and help points will be of huge comfort to travellers and their families.
“They will also serve as a deterrent to anyone thinking of committing acts of anti-social or criminal behaviour – of they do, they will be caught on camera and found out.
“The safety and comfort of passengers should always be the number one priority and these new measures cameras will provide an extra protection for them and TrainLink NSW staff.”
Mr Marshall said that the cameras would also play an important role in preserving the historic stations buildings and ensuring that anyone damage damaging or defacing them was caught.
“With the stations only staffed part-time the cameras will act as 24/7 sets of eyes capturing everything that happens in and around the stations,” he said.
Mr Marshall said the NSW country-wide rollout of the CCTV cameras and Customer Help Points would begin in the coming weeks with Armidale and Moree stations to be completed before June.