Securitec Systems worked alongside a number of other groups on a £12 million, 6-month project to expand and revitalise the railway station at Bromsgrove. The wide-ranging requirements of the project involved enhancing the station’s security, safety and customer support.
Bromsgrove railway station, in Worcestershire, is located at the foot of the stunning two-mile Lickey Incline which ascends towards Barnt Green on the line between Birmingham and Worcester.
The original station opened in 1840. A rebuild took place in1969, followed by various improvements that were implemented over the years that followed. However, as annual usage grew to over half a million journeys with only an hourly service, it was agreed that the station was in need of an extra platform and significant modernisation.
This large, wide-ranging project involved the collaboration of a number of teams, each with their own area of expertise. Securitec Systems worked with Kemada, Network Rail, Buckingham Group, Centro and London Midland over a 6-month period to plan and install a number of key elements of the project.
- An IP-based CCTV system was fitted across all public areas, providing the reassurance of 24-hour supervision using reliable monitoring equipment.
- Fire and life systems were installed to enable a quick response to an emergency.
- An intruder alarm ensures railway equipment remains untouched except by authorised personnel.
- Emergency help points give distressed passengers instant access to the help they need.
- Information screens provide customers with up-to-the-minute updates.
- Passenger help point across the station to give assistance in an emergency or provide general enquiry information.
- Public address systems keep passengers informed with clear, audible announcements.
- Induction loops enable people who are partially deaf to understand staff in the ticket office.
Securitec have a history of carrying out successful security projects at railway stations around the UK. The Bromsgrove project was particularly rewarding due to the varied requirements of the project and the chance to collaborate with other teams of skilled specialists.
In July 2016 the new station was opened and has been warmly welcomed by the passengers that use it. The new station now comprises four platforms, a ticket office, passenger footbridge, lifts, waiting areas and car parks.