Security at a town's railway station is set to be beefed up in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour.

Work will start at Dalton Railway Station today to install five new cameras, while the three existing cameras and recording equipment will be improved too.

Councillor Steve Nott, who represents Dalton South on Barrow Council, has welcomed the upgrade.

He said: “It is good news because we have had a spate of anti-social behaviour in Dalton and there have been issues with youths congregating around the station.

"This has caused issues for residents living by the station and further afield.

“It is a positive step as the CCTV will pick up anyone getting on and off the trains at the station and obviously anyone who congregates around there.

"It has been a joint effort from police, residents and councillors.”

Councillor Shaun Blezard, who also represents the ward, added: “It is definitely needed.

"There has been quite a bit of trouble at the station in the last year or so.

"The new cameras and the upgrading of the current ones will hopefully mean more protection for the local area.”

The work falls under Northern’s 'A Better Way to Go' campaign.

Chris Jackson, regional director at the company, said the cameras would help tackle anti-social behaviour.

He said: “CCTV helps to discourage anti-social and criminal behaviour and, when problematic behaviour persists, can be crucial in providing evidence to the police that allows offenders to be brought to justice.

“The improved CCTV is just one part of our wider campaign – A Better Way to Go – that is modernising rail travel in the north.

"This programme has already seen the introduction of 100 new trains, the refurbishment of our older trains, improvements at many of our stations and better ways for our customers to buy tickets.”