Night Tube Policing

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


MQT 2015/1849 says, "London Underground and the British Transport Police (BTP) engaged with other metro networks across the world that operate 24-hour (or extended hour) services, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Vienna, Barcelona, Bilbao and Paris (which is considering running overnight services)." Can you publish the written information you received from these 13 cities?


Answer for Night Tube Policing

Answer for Night Tube Policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) has engaged with every metro in the world that operates a regular night service. The majority of conversations were conducted by telephone conference, with a list of questions supplied in advance. Discussions included operations, maintenance impacts, ridership and revenue, crime and behaviour, staff policy and industrial relations.  In some conversations LU was joined by representatives of British Transport Police, with some metros fielding a panel which included either senior police officers or internal security managers. 

As this is sensitive information that was shared with LU in confidence, it is not possible to publish a detailed report of the conversations. However a generic summary of the findings is listed below:

       LU's Night Tube frequency of 6 trains per hour will be one of the highest anywhere in the world.

       Most metros' night service is used by a wide range of customers including shift workers and tourists.

       Night metro services have been more successful in cities that already have a night-time economy - like London - as opposed to those where the metro is being used as a tool to generate one. 

       In all cities that operate a night service, it is highly valued by the population.

       Some cities introduced late-night services initially on a part of the network, but its success led to it being extended.  

       There were no reports of a significantly higher volume of complaints from residents about noise from train movements or customers at night.

       Operating night services had little impact on the rate of asset failures or maintenance costs

       Metros found that there were few security and antisocial behaviour issues.