CENTRAL Fife railway stations are set to miss out on new CCTV cameras set to combat anti-social behaviour and reduce fatalities.

Cardenden, Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly will not see any upgrades as ScotRail make improvements at 60 other locations.

Nearby stations Dunfermline City, Kirkcaldy and North Queensferry are set to benefit.

However, Cardenden, Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly stations do currently have CCTV coverage and are included in ScotRail's 24-hour monitoring system.

The new cameras can analyse movements of customers on the platform to determine if members of the public are in unsafe situations, allowing ScotRail’s CCTV monitoring team to alert station staff, signallers, and British Transport Police, if necessary.

Everything from monitoring passenger numbers which will assist with crowd management to behavioural analytics which can identify people lingering in stations can be controlled via the new camera units.

It is hoped that the new equipment will help ScotRail identify vulnerable people and reduce fatalities on the railway, as well as combatting anti-social behaviour.

The upgrade is part of a £2 million investment in the CCTV network on Scotland’s Railway, which, in 2018, saw ScotRail move from 220 scrolling CCTV monitors covering more than 280 stations to a 24-screen intelligent video wall in its customer service centres.

Michael Arnott, ScotRail Customer Information Operations Manager, said: “ScotRail is committed to ensuring Scotland’s Railway is a safe environment for our customers and our people.

“The new CCTV analytics system is designed to provide even more security and reassurance to anyone using the network.

“The introduction of this cutting-edge technology means that our customer service team will now be alerted when anyone enters into an unsafe or restricted area of the railway, allowing them to alert signallers to stop trains, if needed, which could potentially save a life.”