SWR train guards to trial body worn cameras

SWR Guard wearing a personal video camera

South Western Railway (SWR) has announced a new trial of body worn cameras for its guards including some routes through Eastleigh.

SWR hope the use of cameras will reduce anti-social behaviour on its trains and stations, as well as act as a deterrent to assaults, threats and abuse experienced by staff.

The trial commenced this morning (Monday 28 June) and if successful, could see body worn cameras for all guards rolled out across the SWR network.

The trial will determine the impact of body worn cameras by comparing the quality of footage to existing CCTV available, as well as whether the footage caught provides better quality evidence for prosecutions and cases in court.

Alan Penlington, SWR’s Customer Experience Director, commented:

“While our trains and stations are already equipped with CCTV, we are always looking for ways to help our customers travel with confidence and ensure that colleagues feel safer at work.

“These body worn cameras are designed to do just this, by deterring anti-social behaviour on our services and reducing the number of assaults our colleagues experience at work.

“While we wish that we could prevent every incident, we expect that the new footage will help authorities in any prosecutions by providing good quality evidence.”

As part of this trial, body worn cameras will be used on the following routes:

Portsmouth to Southampton Central

Calling at: Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth and Southsea, Fratton, Hilsea, Cosham, Portchester, Fareham, Swanwick, Bursledon, Hamble, Netley, Sholing, Woolston, Bitterne, ST. Denys, Southampton Central.

Fareham to Eastleigh

Calling at: Fareham, Botley, Hedge End, Eastleigh.

Woking to Poole

Calling at: Woking, Brookwood, Farnborough Main, Fleet, Winchfield, Hook, Basingstoke, Micheldever, Winchester, Shawford, Eastleigh, Southampton Airport Parkway, St Denys, Southampton Central, Totton, Ashurst New Forest, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Sway, New Milton, Hinton Admiral, Christchurch, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Branksome, Parkstone, Poole.