Security of Tube Depots (Supplementary) [2]

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


So how do you explain the escalation of security breaches, which more than doubled in 2006?

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Answer for Security of Tube Depots (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Security of Tube Depots (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

From the moment we took control of the Underground, we took a decision to try and ensure that no train went into service if it had graffiti, with the exception of on the windows, because you have to take the train out for quite some time to erase them. So when you get graffiti, the train stays in the depot until it is clean, and then it goes out without.

I doubt if there is an escalation. What you have is that where this was something that was largely ignored by the old London Underground management, working through the Infracos and the new management we have brought in, they make this a priority. It would be interesting to see whether this now continues to rise, or whether this is actually the realistic level of vandalism we cope with.

It might be useful, and I will suggest it to TfL, if we extract out those incidents that happen outside the depot. I am not certain whether you are aiming to get a crime that actually takes place inside the depot or a clearer figure on the graffiti?