POLICE have given the safety seal of approval to a Metro station car park.
The Park Award has been given to the Stadium of Light station by Northumbria Police following a rigorous assessment.
Car parks across the system were looked at by the force, parking management firm APCOA and the British Parking Association.
Aspects which were scrutinised included how safe and secure they are from potential criminal activity.
To win the award police must feel that the car park is a safe and secure environment for users and their vehicles as well.
East Boldon station was also handed the award by Northumbria Police.
Richard McClean, managing director of Metro Operator DB Regio, said: “This is the first time our car parks have been presented with such an award and this is a great step in the right direction for Metro.
“We have been working closely with APCOA to improve station car parks, and the attainment of the Park Mark award at seven locations is a clear indicator of the improvements that have been introduced within each commended car park.”
“Passenger safety and security is a priority for Metro, many of our passengers choose to park and ride to and from work and they can now leave their cars at the stations in complete confidence.
“Metro is committed to improving passenger experience on Metro and by ensuring car parks are managed effectively and monitored by CCTV we hope to make passengers feel safer and more at ease.”
The car parks had to pass on four main criteria: security, management, appropriate lighting and a clean, safe environment.
DB Regio had to meet a range of specific standards, from CCTV, good lighting and ensuring all green areas are cut back so the car park is clear of obstruction.
The Park Mark award is reassessed each year to ensure that standards are maintained by the team at DB Regio, which operates Metro stations and trains on behalf of the system’s owner, Nexus.
“We will definitely aim to maintain all of the standards to ensure our station car parks keep the Park Mark award,” added Mr McClean.