Safer travel at night

MQT on 2005-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2005
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To encourage safer travel at night from Sutton and Croydon's night time economy would you

A. Extend the hours of tram operation on early Saturday and early Sunday mornings ?

B. Introduce dedicated policing of trains from Sutton station ?

C. Intensify police, PCO and TOCU tageting of illegal taxi touts in Sutton and Croydon.

D Introduce Taxi Marshalls to oversee the Safe Pick-Up areas to help co-ordinate the safe dispersal of late night revellers ? . E. Provide a safe minicab pick up point at West Croydon station to provide protection for those waiting for ordered minicabs to arrive. (Dee Doocey AM and I were informed of difficulties here during our recent scrutiny visit to the Croydon Night time economy).


Answer for Safer travel at night

Answer for Safer travel at night

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, making travel in London safer is a continuing priority of mine, and my initiatives are aimed especially at women. The active and on-going discussions about improving late night travel in the Croydon area include all of the initiatives you have identified. Each one is being considered within the context of safer travel and cost-effectiveness.Investigations are continuing between TfL and Tramtrack Croydon Limited to determine the feasibility of extending late night tram services.

The tram and rail facilities in the area are policed by the British Transport Police (BTP) who have benefited from an additional 200 officers provided for in my budget. The BTP recently led on a high profile operation in South London (Operation Chicago) which led to over 100 arrests. The area will also benefit from the roll out of dedicated safer neighbourhood ward teams.

The Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) has a dedicated Cab Enforcement Team responsible for enforcing the law relating to taxis and private hire vehicles. Both Croydon and Sutton have benefited from TOCU operations that target illegal taxi touts. My office, the TOCU, and TfL have held initial discussions around issues affecting the taxi and private hire vehicle network in Croydon and are working closely with the London Borough of Croydon to develop a co-ordinated strategy to address these issues.

These plans are expected to include marshalled taxi ranks, private hire vehicle pick up points and increased TOCU and PCO enforcement activity in the town centre.