Ben Gardner

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The tragic and senseless murder of Mr Ben Gardner in Sutton on Halloween occurred when people were looking for taxis at 3am. The Police have been unable to secure the provision of a marshalled taxi rank outside Sutton Police Station which may help reduce antisocial behaviour. Will the Mayor of London use his offices to break the bureaucratic deadlock in Transport for London to enable this to be implemented?


Answer for Ben Gardner

Answer for Ben Gardner

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no 'bureaucratic deadlock' caused by, or within, Transport for London (TfL) and neither has such a situation caused this murder, which was, as you say, tragic and senseless.

TfL has worked with a number of local authorities to establish and maintain late night marshalled taxi ranks and facilities for private hire pick-up. TfL recognise that these can significantly improve the safe travel options available and contribute to reducing crime and disorder late at night.

TfL and the local Police in Sutton have discussed the possibility of a scheme to support pick-ups by local minicab firms or to provide a marshalled taxi rank and a suitable location for a rank has been found. TfL estimates the cost would be approximately £24,000 per annum to operate and will be contacting LB Sutton to investigate how funding could be obtained in partnership with local entertainment venues.