Council appeals to Nexus and Transport Secretary to install ticket barriers at Cullercoats and Tynemouth stations
Councilors in North Tyneside are to ask NEXUS to install manned ticket barriers at Cullercoats and Tynemouth tube stations to tackle anti-social behaviour. The union group passed a motion last night and added an amendment to the original Conservative motion to write to Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan asking her to increase the NEXUS budget to allow for investment in such barriers.
The original motion, put forward by Tory advisers, was to ask NEXUS to install ticket barriers by the summer of 2023 and ensure they were busy during anti-social peak hours.
On the original motion, Deputy Mayor Carl Johnson said: ‘The Labor Group notes that anti-social behavior both in the Tube and in the wider borough is a priority for our residents. That’s why we’re allocating additional resources to the protection team, why we lobbied for NEXUS to maintain additional security on the subway, and created a multi-agency Anti-Social Behavior Task Force.
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“As part of the task force, we organized a coastal watch operation over the summer, which involved council staff, police and members of NEXUS security and other staff above the stations. and the coast at large.
“I absolutely agree with the premise of the motion, we need to do more to tackle the ASB and I think part of that could be ticket barriers and not just at Tynemouth.”
The union group then proposed to add several amendments to the original Conservative motion. These included writing to the Transport Secretary for more funding and noting that “the Conservative Government has cut the NEXUS capital renewal program which would be used to fund investment in ticket barriers.
Tynemouth Tory councilor Lewis Bartoli said: ‘I don’t think this was a motion that needed an amendment, the idea of a government bashing seems to do nothing but politicize what I think is a sensible motion that all councilors could have accepted.
Although the Conservative group voted against the amendment, they then voted for the substantive motion. Cullercoats Conservative Councilor Linda Arkley was unable to attend the meeting due to illness.
A Nexus spokesperson said: “Working with the police, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, youth workers, and North Tyneside Council, we are reducing anti-social behavior and fare evasion on the Tube.
“We have significantly increased the number of customer service teams across the network and earlier this year we introduced a dedicated Metro Security team. The success of the collaborative approach with local authorities has led to a significant reduction in anti-social behavior on the metro during the summer months.
“Gatelines has a role to play in reinforcing the good work our employees happily do. The Government has funded the gates we have at 13 of the busiest stations today, and we welcome the support of Norma Redfearn, the Mayor-elect of North Tyneside, in writing to the Transport Secretary asking for more investment in metro modernization programs, including gate lines. .”