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Urgent need for CCTV on the Central Line

05 September 2019

Today, the London Assembly drew attention to the high reports of sexual assault on the London Underground.  100 assaults were reported on the Central line – nearly double that of the next most reported line, the Victoria line at 55.

 

The Assembly wants the Mayor to direct TfL to bring forward their plans to fit CCTV cameras on the Central line. 
 

Susan Hall AM, who seconded the motion said: 

 

“All Londoners should feel able to safely travel around our city’s Tube network without fearing that they could become a victim of any sort of crime, including sexual assault.

 

“A staggering one in four sexual assaults on the Tube take place on the Central Line, yet perversely it is one of two lines which doesn’t have onboard CCTV.

 

“To make matters worse, TfL aren’t planning to install cameras until 2023. This timeline is completely unacceptable, and there can be no question over whether TfL should bring forward their installation plans as soon as possible.”

 

 

The full text of the motion is:

 

This Assembly notes that between July 2016 and January 2018 there were 348 reported incidents of sexual assault on the London Underground, of which 100 were on the Central line – nearly double that of the next most reported line, the Victoria line at 55.

The Assembly also notes almost one in four sexual assaults on the Tube network happen on the Central line. Unlike most other lines its trains do not have CCTV cameras.

 

TfL plans to fit Central Line trains with cameras by 2023. This is unacceptable.

This Assembly welcomes the increase in reporting of unwanted sexual behaviour to the police leading to the arrests of over 1000 people since the Report it to Stop it campaign was launched. The Assembly urges the Mayor to continue to do everything he can to tackle the issue, including directing TFL to bring forward their plans to fit CCTV cameras on the Central line and to do more to promote awareness of the limited retention periods for public transport CCTV images.

TfL plans to fit Central Line trains with cameras by 2023. This is unacceptable.

This Assembly welcomes the increase in reporting of unwanted sexual behaviour to the police leading to the arrests of over 1000 people since the Report it to Stop it campaign was launched. The Assembly urges the Mayor to continue to do everything he can to tackle the issue, including directing TFL to bring forward their plans to fit CCTV cameras on the Central line and to do more to promote awareness of the limited retention periods for public transport CCTV images.

Notes to editors

  1. Watch the full webcast
  2. The motion was agreed unanimously.  
  3. Susan Hall AM, who seconded the motion, is available for interviews. 
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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