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New Railway Policing Committee means it's time to bin the break-up of BTP

23 July 2019

TSSA has today (Tuesday) welcomed the creation of the Railway Policing Committee and called for the breakup of British Transport Police (BTP) to be binned.

The committee has been formed to oversee railway policing in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, and to facilitate BTP’s closer working with Police Scotland. It comes after a successful campaign by the TSSA against plans to break up British Transport Police and merge it with Police Scotland.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said, “This is excellent news for rail passengers and staff alike.

“Merging BTP with Police Scotland was unnecessary and unworkable. The chaos it would have caused represented a serious risk to rail safety and would have been a gift to criminals and terrorists.

“Our union has led the campaign against the breakup of BTP and merger with Police Scotland. I am glad to see an alternative solution – one we recommended from the beginning - has been agreed by the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. Unlike his predecessor, Michael Matheson, Yousaf has had the sense to listen to the experts – the ones at the sharp end of railway policing and follow their advice.

“It’s now time for the break-up of BTP to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Notes to Editors
TSSA was at the forefront of a long campaign against the provisions of the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017.

Amongst other actions they organised this petition which was handed into Holyrood on 31st October 2017


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