Matthew Neville

New transport app launched in Northumbria as part of “Safer Streets” campaign

Safer Transport Northumbria is an app that transport users across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear are being encouraged to download as part of a regional effort to help make the region’s transport links “the safest in the country”.

Launched today by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, the app is part of an ongoing ‘Safer Streets’ commitment to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls and improve safety on public transport.

Whether users commute to work via the Metro or head out to the shops on the bus, the travel app quickly enables you to inform local authorities about incidents, get support, and, crucially, help support others.

Northumbria Police and Crime commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “We all have a responsibility to help keep each other safe and that’s what I love about this app. I’m always proud that we are one of the safest, most welcoming regions.

“There really is a fantastic spirit that we stick together up here and that’s what this app is all about - looking out for each other. It’s the end of the line when it comes to unwanted behaviours and attitudes that make us feel unsafe.

“Men, women, whoever, it doesn’t matter – what matters is that you don’t just sit there and ignore the fact that a woman is being harassed by a group of guys on the Metro or put up with feeling uncomfortable at a remote bus stop because the lights are out.

“This app is the answer. It’s about telling us. The more we know, we can help, and the more we can make our transport networks safer.”

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