New base for transport police opens at Rugby station

Officers will staff the new base seven days a week
Officers will staff the new base seven days a week

Rugby station is the site of a new base for British Transport Police.

The building was officially opened on Wednesday by a representative of the British Transport Police Authority and officers will staff it seven days a week.

It has two sergeants and nine police constables, with the force saying they will help reassure passengers and be able to provide “visible, proactive policing at the station and on trains and help cut any disruption to services running through Rugby”.

The station was previously the responsibility of BTP officers based at Coventry, which meant proactive patrols at Rugby were limited and response times longer.

Supt Allan Gregory, commander of BTP’s Midland sub-division, said: “Rugby sits at a key point on the West Coast Main Line where it is uniquely possible for us to deal with disruptive passenger issues whilst simultaneously keeping the network running past it on the route between London, the Midlands and the North.

“The new police station will also allow us to respond to any local incidents much more quickly, and will also mean officers have a more visible presence right in the heart of the part of the rail network that they serve. The chances of becoming a victim of crime at Rugby are very low but we know the perception doesn’t always match reality and it’s our aim to make sure that people are not only safe, but feel safe too.

Supt Gregory added: “We are currently working towards challenging targets set by the British Transport Police Authority to reduce crime by 20 per cent, reduce disruption on the railway by 20 per cent and increase passenger confidence by ten per cent, all by 2019. We are seeking new and innovative ways to meet these targets and I am very pleased that we have been able to invest in extra policing for Rugby and the wider Warwickshire area.