Nottingham’s tram network has incorporated a new £250k initiative to help improve the safety of their customers at vulnerable hours.
This will now see frequent police patrols on NET trams to help make them a safer place for women and other passengers.
NET adopted the strategy that is led by Nottingham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, who is attempting to reduce crime and violence against women in the city.
Julian Smedley, NET Operations Manager, said: “The safety of our customers is always our top priority and we are delighted to support this initiative.
“We will do all we can to promote the safe spaces planned in this initiative and we are also working closely with partners to providing training for front line staff to help identify and support people who may be vulnerable.
The wider strategy, launched by Commissioner Henry, was funded in partnership by the Home Office’s Safety of Women at Night (SWaN) Fund – which is used to help reduce the vulnerability of women in the area.
It has seen the launch of a new ‘safe space’ in the city centre – which is a place where anyone can receive medical attention or support if they feel they are in danger.
These ‘safe spaces’ will now be available to the public until March following the successful launch of the campaign.
Commissioner Henry said: “We’ve had encouraging feedback about Safe Space and want to help other women who find themselves in vulnerable or risky circumstances on a night out.
“Nottingham already is a safe place to visit, and Safe Space is helping us to make it even safer.
“This facility provides both reassurance and practical need and shows how committed we are to the wellbeing of women and everyone visiting our wonderful city.”