Transport Policing (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I share your view about the train operating companies, as you know, and it is ironically really that the one train operating company that actually does have a special constable scheme for its staff is Connex, which is about to lose its franchise. Do you realise that if you are successful in increasingly the BTP numbers of London Underground to 600 by next year, as you said a little earlier, that will then be double the number of transport police that cover the overground rail network from the Thames to the south coast as far west as Weymouth? Whilst that increase in numbers on the Underground is welcome, are you not concerned that it does lead to a huge imbalance as far as overground rail is concerned, which the Met cannot be expected to cover, welcome though the increases in their numbers will be?

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Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am more than happy to sit down and negotiate with the train operating companies. Integration of their fare structure, negotiations of which are going on at the moment. As you know, we are about to start a pilot of four routes where we will subsidise an improved quality of service and I would certainly be happy to get involved in discussions about what we can do to improve the levels of their policing on overground services. I have to say that when we were in negotiations for police to be able to travel for free on the overground services, it was a protracted and painful negotiation, with the train operating companies extracting every pound of flesh they could from the public pocket, even though this would bring security and confidence to people travelling on their trains.