Oldham Council to put in more CCTV cameras around city centre tram stations

Published: Monday, 10th January 2022

Oldham Council is installing 51 CCTV cameras at areas around 5 Metrolink stops to assist passengers and residents feel safer and extra confident.  

The new cameras will present improved images and wider protection, not solely of the platforms but in addition of the entry points to and from them, including some of the harder to see areas.

Funding has been secured via Greater Manchester’s Safer Streets funding and is a part of the city-region’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy which was launched by the Mayor of Greater Manchester last September.

The new tools might be managed by the council and will be put in place in areas around the tram stops from Freehold to Oldham Mumps.

The cameras are presently being installed and are set to go live in March.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, mentioned: “The council and our partners are building a borough that is vibrant, busy and a place the place individuals need to live, go to and work.

“As a part of this work there is a need to hold our residents and guests, secure.

“Metrolink has had a huge impact on Oldham as it’s made it much easier for our residents to get round and connected the town better with the City area.

“Thousands of individuals use the tram safely every single day – however sadly a small number of people do expertise anti-social behaviour.

“These new CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent and if an incident happens, the footage could possibly be used to identify those responsible.

“We want folks to feel confident and secure when out and about and the introduction of more CCTV cameras will help with that.”

Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Bev Hughes, said: “This is just one of a variety of interventions we are putting in place by way of the Safer Streets fund.

“We need to ensure those that use our public transport system, notably women and ladies, can do so safely, confident that we’re taking steps to deal with their fears and issues.

“This varieties part of Greater Manchester’s long-term strategy to reinforce the security of ladies and women throughout our city-region and end gender-based violence in all its types.”

The cameras are the latest initiative the council has launched to assist people really feel safe when utilizing the tram network.

Back in November our Youth Service and Oldham Street Angels launched Trusted People.

Staff and volunteers are using on trams and visiting stops, and the areas around them, speaking with residents of all ages.

The teams are offering a friendly face around the Oldham tram stops in case residents are feeling uneasy, particularly through the winter nights.

Funding for Trusted People has also been offered via GMCA.

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