An Integrated Approach to Transport Security Needs; Network Safety and Security Centre (Pounds 1.5m) Centro
Closed circuit television evolved in the West Midlands, as with so many other locations, on an ad hoc basis. Centro set out to co-ordinate a West Midlands-wide approach to crime, which at its heart would have a fully staffed central monitoring centre.
Discussions began with Railtrack Midland Zone and Central Trains to fully integrate West Midlands rail-based park and ride CCTV. Centro believed that bus/rail and rail/Metro interchanges should be included with streets, approach routes and highway based bus/bus interchanges.
A feasibility study identified estimated costs for linking CCTV systems to a central monitoring control. A decision was taken to locate the centre within Birmingham City Council's transportation offices. Following the report Birmingham City Council was added to the partnership group.
Railtrack Midlands contributed pounds 450,000, Central Trains pounds 150,000, and Centro pounds 350,000. Sources such as the Local Transport Plan and Home Office CCTV initiative were also identified. The link up would be in four phases between 2000 and 2003. …