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31% of Londoners have public transport safety fears

11 November 2015

This meeting took place on 12 November 2015. Read the transcript here.

  • Three in ten Londoners (31 per cent) are put off using public transport due to concerns about anti-social behaviour[1].
  • Over a fifth (22 per cent) are deterred from travelling by fear of crime while getting to and from buses and trains, or waiting for them to arrive[1].
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime while travelling are the two main concerns among users of public transport in London[2].

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow continue its investigation into crimes against the person on public transport, examining how law enforcement and Transport for London (TfL) are tackling anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime on London’s transport network[2].

The Committee will also investigate the policing response to the 32 per cent increase in recorded sexual offences and 9 per cent rise in violent assaults on public transport during 2014/15[3].

Ways in which to increase reporting of crime on public transport will also be addressed.

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • Commander Jeremy Burton, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett, Roads and Policing Command, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Chief Constable Paul Crowther, British Transport Police
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Jeffrey Davis, City of London Police
  • Steve Burton, Director of Enforcement and On-street Operations, Transport for London
  • Keith Foley, Head of Night Tube, London Underground
  • Stella Morris, Head of Security and Revenue Protection Strategy, Govia Thameslink Railway
  • Neal Lawson, Director Maintenance and Operational Services, Network Rail

The meeting will take place on Thursday 12 November from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Safety and security annual report 2014, Future thinking, prepared for TfL, April 2015.
  2. The London travelling environment: what consumers think, London TravelWatch, January 2014.
  3. City AM, London transport crime falls – except for these two serious offences, 20 August 2015
  4. Full Agenda papers.
  5. Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.