Racism on the Underground

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2012-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0028
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Question

With regards to the rising number of racist abuse cases on the underground, what are you plans for tackling this issue?

Answer

Answer for Racism on the Underground

Answer for Racism on the Underground

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

There has been no overall rise in the number of racist abuse cases on the Tube network, despite some high profile incidents which were covered in the media.

In fact, there has been a significant reduction in criminal offences on the Tube overall in the last year, with 1,357 fewer incidents than in the previous 12 months, a decrease of 10 per cent. This can be attributed to continued efforts to make the Tube safer, including the introduction of more CCTV and an increase in the number of BTP officers patrolling the network - with an additional 414 warranted officers recruited last year.