Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As you know, Mayor, the Assembly has been doing quite a bit of work on safer routes for women; well for everyone, but particularly the barriers for women. Of course, one of the things that come up quite often is the secure station scheme. Given that only 4% of the country's stations are now accredited with that scheme and apparently only 11 Tube stations, I was wondering when and as you get control of the Tube, if ever, whether you would give a commitment to have 100% of stations completed in that scheme within 10 years, if you are still around of course?


Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is certainly something I would like to do. When the Underground is transferred - which may be before Christmas, may be after - one of the first things I want to do is look at the use of the British Transport Police who are answerable in the chain of command to Stephen Byers, who I am sure will be willing to co-operate with us to see that we are getting effective use - 400 police in comparison with, say, Moscow Metro, which has 4,000. But clearly 400 is inadequate and Bob Kiley and myself will be looking at another policing arrangement to expand that, in the way that we have done with the bus policing initiative. In particular, I want to know what it is the Transport Police do. Because it seems to me that where they are most needed at the moment is as a presence at the ticket gates because there is now a very threatening presence from people hanging around at stations asking people, in often a very aggressive way, "Can I have your ticket?" This is illegal and the only thing that works is to have a police officer there driving them away.