It costs companies a lot of money to fix damaged and broken property. Thus, when someone is going around and breaking their stuff on purpose, companies are willing to spend a lot to put an end to it. According to reports, this is just what Network Rail is doing. In fact, the company has now put out a £10,000 reward for anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of people who are vandalizing rail signals in Glasgow. These attacks have been going on for a while now, and Network Rail is ready to put this matter behind them.
Ever since June 4, a number of places around Glasgow have been hit by vandalism. Network Rail has reported damage done at Jordanhill, Queens Park, Nitshill and Yorker stations. To make matters worse, it does not appear that this criminal is going to be brought down any time soon. Network Rail also announced that it came up with the idea for the reward after the British Transport Police said that it believes these incidents are linked together.
Of course, Network Rail is not just going to put all of its eggs in one basket. Instead, it is also stepping up security with extra staff. With these extra staff, it will be able to watch more of the track than before. The goal is to hopefully catch the people doing this in action.
These events are not just costing Network Rail a lot of money. They are also causing a lot of distribution in travel. The British Transport Police said that hundreds of trains all across Glasgow have been cancelled or running late because of this vandalism. Until the people behind these attacks are stopped, passengers should expect more delays.
No one is for sure why the attackers are damaging these signals. Network Rail and the British Transport Police believe that it is possible that the attackers are simply trying to disrupt rail services. It may be because they think it’s funny, or they might have something to gain from it.
David Marshall, who is a member of the British Transport Police, said that the vandalism has caused a number of distributions for travellers. People of Glasgow can rest assured that the British Transport Police are doing everything in their power to bring these people to justice. More resources are currently being deployed in order to apprehend the people who are responsible for this.
There is some good news to report, however. According to both Network Rail and the British Transport Police, these events have in no way compromised passengers’ safety. This is because all signals are set to automatically go red if something is faulty with them. This keeps the trains from moving on those tracks.
The Network Rail route managing director, David Simpson, said that these incidents are currently under investigation. So far, no one has been put in any danger because of the way rail signals are designed. With that in mind, these events have caused a lot of delays that are out of Network Rail’s control. Thousands of people have already suffered delays due to these attacks.