Security of Tube Depots

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of the escalation to 200 of damage, trespass and burglary offences reported by the British Transport Police at Tube Depots in 2006: A) Please detail what measures are being taken to reduce this number and to increase the proportion of incidents where charges are brought: B) What assurances can you give that all tube trains are regularly checked for explosive and other devices?


Answer for Security of Tube Depots

Answer for Security of Tube Depots

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The majority of the incidents mentioned in this question did not take place at tube depots. The largest element of this criminal damage is due to graffiti, most of which happens whilst trains are in service. If a train is in service and suffers a graffiti attack then, in the majority of cases, it will not be reported until it returns to the depot. This explains why it will then be reported as depot criminal damage. Figures are also higher due to improvements to the incident reporting mechanism in depots, a key factor in our successful graffiti reduction programme.

London Underground (LU) works closely with the Infracos and the British Transport Police to investigate new technological solutions to the problems of trespass and criminal damage. In order to further reduce incidents, we are working closely with local authorities on graffiti reduction strategies, as well as engaging with local communities to emphasise the dangers of trespassing on the underground. The Infracos are responsible for the depots and their security.

We work closely with the British Transport Police to facilitate investigations of incidents, and to respond to specific intelligence. British Transport Police use a number of methods to improve detection rates through the criminal justice system. They work closely with Transport for London to successfully seek anti-social behaviour orders - 33 so far. TfL also pursues civil prosecutions against convicted vandals.

LU has an established security regime which is regularly reviewed in terms of risk in conjunction with the police and government security agencies, and we are regulated on our security regimes by the Department of Transport and the Transport Security Team (Transec). Every train is checked before it enters service, in line with the security instructions issued by Transec. Infrastructure companies, train operators and police provide layers of security for London Underground's trains, stations and infrastructure, and this includes regular checks. We do not publish specific details as this could compromise security.