Monday 1 Oct 2018
Paddington Station 24/7 – Officers from the British Transport Police launch special operation in the capital with the help of Network Rail colleagues
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 1 October as the British Transport Police launch a special operation in the capital, with officers patrolling Paddington Station on the look out for anything suspicious.
The eight-part first series achieved a consistently high audience share for the Monday 9pm slot, averaging 1.3 million viewers per episode. The first half of series two, screened between March and June, was an equally big hit, with at least one million viewers tuning in for the first eight episodes.
The series follows railway workers on the Great Western Main Line as they deal with the biggest modernisation of the line for generations, major incidents which are causing disruption on the railway, huge sporting events, as well as the day-to-day challenge of running one of Britain’s busiest stations.
This week the British Transport Police (BTP) are mounting a special operation to stop criminals who are running drugs out of the capital. Throughout the morning, undercover and uniformed officers are positioned around the station to observe passenger behaviour. Before long, a passenger is found carrying cannabis and a dangerous knife - which could lead to up to four years in prison.
Shift station manager for Network Rail, Haji Mustaq explains: “At Paddington, we are lucky to have a very good close working relationship with the British Transport Police. We are both very protective of the station and ensure that its safety and security, and that of the passengers and staff, is paramount. This operation was a good example of both Network Rail and the BTP working well together to keep people safe.”
Tune in to Episode 13 of Paddington Station 24/7 on Monday 1 October at 9pm on Channel 5. Each episode will be shown on subsequent Monday evenings at the same time.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.