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Trains could have panic alarms installed on board to protect women from sex attacks

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Protection for commuters: Trains could have alarms installed on board

Panic buttons could be installed on trains to protect women from sexual harassment under new measures being considered by the Department for Transport. 

More CCTV and police officers on late-night services are also being studied with backing from the British Transport Police.

It comes after Transport for London figures revealed that one in seven female passengers over the age of 16 had experienced some form of sexual harassment on buses, trains and the Tube in the past year.

Transport Minister Claire Perry is planning to bring together 60 delegates from women's charities and campaign groups for a conference on improving women's safety on public transport.

"I am determined to do everything I can to make transport safer for women," she said.

"That’s why my department, along with British Transport Police, has funded a research project to find out what measures work on the ground, both here in the UK and internationally. I also know there is more we can do, which is why I want to hear directly from the many groups represented at today’s event."

BTP chiefs say they want to increase the reporting rate of sexual offences on London's transport system by 20 per cent.

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