Rail users made to suffer due to vandals

Regarding the issue of provision lifts at stations to meet the new disabled act requirements and making station better accessible for all, security and vandalism is a problem that will have to be addressed by Metro and train operating companies, and Network Rail.

I wish to point out that the present council policy is to encourage the use of public transport and people to visit the Calder Valley, by public transport.

Points to consider:

The increase in vandalism. Graffiti is not just affecting stations, and the rail network, but towns and villages alike in West Yorkshire

They need a CCTV partnership arrangement between Metro, Train operators, Network Rail, Calderdale Council

For too long the majority of rail passengers have suffered the actions of a few, resulting in only the basic facilities provided at many railway stations i.e., no toilets, unheated plastic shelters, metal seats.

Furthermore, I feel that sometimes the vandalism card is used not to provide better facilities, instead putting in place a program to overcome this problem

It needs joint accommodation at stations for local community patrol officers, proposed transport warden services, possible use of existing station buildings.

Michael R Allen