Eurostar boosts passenger security at ashford international
Train operator completes £250,000 upgrade of CCTV systems
Eurostar, the high-speed train operator linking the UK with the Continent, today (5 June 2007) announced the completion of a major upgrade of the CCTV systems at Ashford International station in Kent.
The project, which was designed by CMG Consultancy and cost over £250,000, has enhanced the CCTV systems and increased the quality of the recording facilities at the station.
Over 100 cameras at Ashford International have been improved, repaired or relocated. Six new 'Metal Mickey' type high-speed dome cameras have also been installed around the station. These offer superior quality images that can be vital in tracking live incidents.
The enhancements represent the first phase of a station-wide CCTV upgrade. Within a few months the new system will be extended further to the car parks used by Eurostar travellers. Around 90% of the Eurostar travellers who use Ashford International arrive by road, and the new CCTV system will further enhance car park security.
In the event of an incident, the new system will enable the station's security staff to shorten their response time. The upgraded CCTV network will also provide evidential quality pictures if a suspected crime does take place.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "The installation of this new CCTV system is further evidence of our continuing commitment to Ashford International, and to ensuring that our travellers continue to enjoy a safe and secure environment at the start and finish of their journeys, and while their cars are parked at the station."
In November, Eurostar will launch services from Ebbsfleet International, a new station just off junction 2 of the M25, close to the Dartford crossing. The new station will complement Ashford International and together they will deliver a significant increase in the overall number of Eurostar services serving Kent. More than 80% of the current users of Ashford International will continue to have direct services to their destinations.
In September 2006 Eurostar announced that it had also extended the lease on Kent House, home to its Ashford Contact Centre, until 2017, maintaining more than 300 jobs in the area.
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Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ebbsfleet (from November 2007), Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar will switch to its new London terminal at St Pancras International, closing its existing terminal at Waterloo International. Journey times will reduce by at least 20 minutes, with London-Paris down to 2h 15m, London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille in just 1h 20m.
3 In November, Eurostar will also launch services from Ebbsfleet International, a new UK station near junction 2 of the M25 motorway, close to the Dartford Crossing, with journey times that are ten minutes less than from St Pancras International.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
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