Mobile Phone Safety & timetables

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Has there been an increase in crime as bus stops as a result of people using their mobile phones to check the bus countdown system?


Answer for Mobile Phone Safety & timetables

Answer for Mobile Phone Safety & timetables

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The ability to use mobile phones to check the bus countdown system is an important tool to our customers – helping them to make informed travel choices and minimise the time they spend waiting at bus stops. 


There is no evidence to suggest that using the bus countdown system has led to any increase in crime at bus stops. Indeed, crime on the bus network has continued to fall every year for the last eight years, with just 7.5 crimes per million passenger journeys in 2013/14 - down from 8.6 in 2012/13, and less than half the crime rate in 2007/8 when levels were at a rate of 15.2 crimes per million passenger journeys. 


I would of course advise passengers to use their mobile phones sensibly and be aware of their surroundings, as advised in the Metropolitan Police’s crime prevention campaign.