Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Numbers of Cable Thefts in Decline; Railway Delays Cut

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Numbers of Cable Thefts in Decline; Railway Delays Cut

Article excerpt

A CRACKDOWN on cable thefts on the region's railways has been a success, according to new figures.

The North East was once branded the epicentre of metal theft on the railways by the transport police but new figures published by Network Rail have showed a decline in the number of incidents.

Nationally, rail passenger and freight service delays caused by these kinds of theft halved in 2012/13 compared with 2011/12. And the total cost of the thefts, including compensation, fell from just under PS18.34m in 2011/12 to just over PS12.76m in 2012/13.

The thefts caused delays of more than 6,000 hours in 2010/11 - a 12-month period in which there were almost 1,000 incidents of this kind.

There were 845 incidents which caused around 5,740 hours of delays in 2011/12, but in 2012/13 the number of incidents had fallen to 285 and the delays were down to 2,700 hours.

Network Rail operations and performance head Neil Henry said: "The improvements we have seen are down to a number of factors, including British Transport Police (BTP) targeting thieves and the scrap dealers buying stolen metal. …

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