ATTEMPTS to stamp out antisocial behaviour on the Metrolink network have received a double boost — with the introduction of new security cameras and signs.

Metrolink Customer Service Representatives are now being deployed with highly visible body-worn video cameras, in a bid to cut down on crime.

The cameras will record high quality footage that can be used to assist criminal investigations and provide evidence for prosecutions.

Already worn by Metrolink's TravelSafe Officers, they will also support CSRs in their day-to-day work, including revenue protection, security and customer care.

A new range of high-visibility signs are also being introduced across the network, reminding passengers of extensive CCTV coverage recorded by over 2,000 camera on trams, stops, park and ride sites, cycle hubs and in depots.

The signs are portable and can be used to target hotspot areas.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes, said: "It’s really important that every member of our community feels safe to travel without being intimidated or unduly concerned by the behaviour of others.

"These measures will reassure them that we take their safety and security extremely seriously.

"It also sends the message to those committing crime and antisocial behaviour on our transport network that we are always watching.

"Public transport is a safe way to travel and tactics such as this, which further boost safety and security, help us to reinforce and maintain that."

The new measures follow a spate of crimes and attacks at tram stops in the borough last year, leading to warnings of a growing "gang culture".

During the summer of 2017 numerous muggings were reported across Bury and Prestwich, and a group of youths were caught fighting with knives at the Heaton Park Metrolink station last July.

In 2011 a 22-year-old woman had her head stamped on by thugs as she waited on a platform at Bury Metrolink station, because of her gothic-style clothing.

The woman suffered a fractured eye socket and her 29-year-old male friend was also punched and kicked during the attack.

Chris Jackson, service delivery director at KeolisAmey, who provide the CSRs, said: "We are committed to enhancing customer experience and improving their safety through our long-term plan to reduce antisocial behaviour across the network.

"Research shows that use of bodycams promotes confidence and provides a tangible backup in confrontational situations.

"It helps moderate behaviour, and making customers aware that recording is in progress often de-escalates a situation.

"The portable hi-visibility signage can be moved around to target hotspot areas and, together with the bodycams, will reassure our customers we are stepping-up our tactics to tackle antisocial behaviour and will not tolerate it on the network.

"We are continuing to work with our partners, schools and other organisations to tackle the root cause and deal with those responsible."