Lisa Townsend has taken on a major national role for transport safety – as she vowed to pursue greater penalties for those who put lives at risk while behind the wheel, on a bicycle, or astride an e-scooter.
Lisa Townsend is now the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for roads policing and transport, which will encompass rail and maritime travel and road safety.
As part of the role, previously held by Sussex Commissioner Katy Bourne, Lisa will work to improve the safety of transport around the country. She will be supported by her Deputy, Ellie Vesey-Thompson, and looks to work closely with the British Transport Police.
Lisa said: “We are very lucky in Surrey to have two teams specifically dedicated to poor driving – the Roads Policing Unit and the Vanguard Road Safety Team, both of which aim to keep road users safe.
“But across the country, there is far more to be done on both roads and railways to keep British travellers safe."
Ellie said the remit will allow both herself and Lisa to "apply pressure to a range of issues".
“Safe travel is important to every member of the public, and we are determined to make some real and lasting changes," she said.