TWO train stations in the area are set t receive upgraded CCTV systems in a boost for passenger safety.

Train operator Northern says it is to install more than 600 new CCTV cameras across 85 of its stations to provide even safer journeys for customers. 

The train operator will install 612 new cameras and update a total of 1,094 across its network.

Among those stations receiving upgraded systems are Widnes and Hough Green stations

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is paramount, and we are doing all we can to provide them with the safest possible environment. 

“CCTV helps discourage anti-social and criminal behaviour, and when problematic behaviour persists, can be crucial in providing evidence to the police that enables offenders to be brought to justice.” 

In 2022, Northern completed the roll-out of 7,000 HD CCTV cameras on-board its fleet of trains, footage from which can be viewed by British Transport Police in real time.

There are also more than 350 body-worn cameras available to the train operator’s staff.