Command centre opens to tackle crime on West Midlands transport

CCTV captures man kicking the handle bars on a bus Photo: CCTV

A £1.2 million CCTV command centre dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour on transport networks in the West Midlands will be officially opened today.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening will unveil the centre which is the first in the UK to have officers from a regional police force and British Transport Police based together.

Up to 79 officers and specialist staff will be based at the command centre and the facility will display live footage from the 800 CCTV cameras monitoring the region's bus, rail and Metro network.

Crime on the West Midlands bus network has fallen by more than 60 per cent since the launch of the Safer Travel Partnership six years ago.