Youths marauding on South West trains

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


What action is the Mayor and British Transport Police taking to deter gangs of particularly youths marauding on South West trains across South West London form Waterloo in the evenings and intimidating passengers? .


Answer for Youths marauding on South West trains

Answer for Youths marauding on South West trains

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

In August 2002, South West Trains (SWT), in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP), introduced TravelSafe Officers onto the railway. They are unique, within London, as they are employed by SWT but are deployed by BTP. They are remitted to provide a high profile on trains, and number 56 in total. In addition, BTP provide mobile patrols of police officers. The large number of trains running on the suburban network, however, inevitably means that all services cannot be covered. As such, TfL London Rail has agreed to invest £1.5million, with a further £1.5 million from the Strategic Rail Authority to install CCTV on all suburban trains on SWT. TfL London Rail has also agreed to invest nearly £500k on a similar programme on trains operating on Watford and North London routes. .