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Four MORE stations in the North East to get a dose of classical music


Classical music is set to be piped into four stations in the North East to help combat anti-social behaviour.


The latest stations - Nunthorpe, Seaton Carew, Stockton and Seaham - follow the success of the tactic at other stations on the Northern network.


Music will only be played at certain times of the day, which will vary from station to station to have the best impact on behaviour.


Shipley station in West Yorkshire will also get the same treatment.


An initial pilot scheme conducted at nine stations across the North of England in the past twelve months (Billingham, Shildon, Heighington, North Road, Orrell, Keighley, Hyde North, Ilkley and Newton Aycliffe) which saw a significant reduction in the number of loitering, graffiti and vandalism-related incidents during the trial.


The project was then rolled out to 23 stations earlier this year at Beverley, Birchwood, Brinnington, Bryn, Cottingham, Cross Gates, Fitzwilliam, Flimby, Halewood, Haltwhistle, Hattersley, Levenshulme, Lostock Gralam, Maryport, Mill Hill, Newton for Hyde, Penistone, Rainhill, Sowerby Bridge, Sunderland, Ulverston, Wetheral and Whiston.


Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern, said: “We are pleased this scheme is making such a difference to our customers across the network.


“Anti-social behaviour is a nuisance in its lightest form and nothing short of a criminal act at its worst.


“Unfortunately, railway stations - like many other public areas - can attract this sort of mindless behaviour – which is unfair and unsettling to our customers.”


Anyone can report anti-social behaviour on the rail network by contacting British Transport Police via text message on 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.


On Sunday 21 May, Northern’s new summer timetable came into effect and all customers, especially those who have made regular journeys on the same train times, are advised to check before they travel. For more information, visit: www.northernrailway.co.uk/timetablechange


Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.

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