TRAVELLERS should expect to see an increased police presence on public transport after a new unit was announced.

More than 60 police officers will make up the dedicated transport team from this winter replacing 50 PCSOs and the current Travelsafe group.

Deputy mayor of Greater Manchester, Bev Hughes, has praised the plans, saying passengers should have an “absolute right to expect that they will be safe”.

She added: “People will not use public transport unless they feel safe and know they’ll be safe. That’s why we have taken action to strengthen even further the security of the system.

“This investment in the TravelSafe Unit will enable tougher enforcement across the transport network, stopping offenders in their tracks and keeping the public safe. Significantly, for the first-time the unit will have the capability to respond to crimes in action and help restore the transport network following disruption.”

The changes are being partly-funded through a council tax increase.