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10.06.14

TfGM trial to prevent Metrolink metal theft

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is trialling two security measures on the Metrolink tram network to try to prevent cable theft on the system.

By using SmartWater liquid, which leaves a long-lasting, unique identifier that is invisible to the naked eye, and Signature Materials that provide unique metal ‘signatures’, the trial aims to minimise the disruption to passenger journeys that cable theft can cause.

Both products are linked to national registers and are accessible to police to secure evidence to prosecute criminals.

Peter Cushing, TfGM Metrolink director, said: “We have done a lot of successful work, with Greater Manchester Police’s guidance, to reduce theft and damage to the network, including CCTV, targeted police operations and replacing desirable cable materials with less valuable but equally functional ones.

“The types of incidents we are targeting can have huge impacts on the network and can cause severe disruptions to passenger journeys. It is also important to remember that Metrolink covers its own operating costs without drawing on public subsidy, so expensive damage to the network reduces the funds available for future investment.”

Additionally, the trial aims to reduce the high risk of serious injury and increase criminal convictions associated with such incidents.

(Image shows John Woods, GMP coordinator for Operation Alloy, and Peter Cushing, TfGM Metrolink director, at the Central Park Metrolink stop)

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