Risk of passengers being pushed on underground lines

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is TfL doing to prevent passengers from being accidently pushed onto underground lines during peak times particularly as the number of passengers increases as London's population rises? At particularly congested stations and platforms is it time to consider installing platform screen doors similar to ones on the Jubilee line?


Answer for Risk of passengers being pushed on underground lines

Answer for Risk of passengers being pushed on underground lines

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The safety of customers and staff is London Underground's (LU's) top priority, and LU does all it can to ensure that customers can travel safely at all times.

Every station has a crowd control plan to prevent the platforms from becoming overcrowded. Action is taken, often by reducing entry to the station, so that customers already inside the station are able to disperse before more enter.

In the longer term, LU is progressing enhancement works at a number of busy stations to provide more space for customers.

Installing Platform Edge Doors (PEDs) onto old Tube station platforms involves a number of engineering challenges. The curve of platforms and other physical constraints make the installation technically complex and costly. PEDs need to mirror the spacing of the train doors, meaning that introducing them in advance of the planned replacement of trains would not be value for money. For that reason, LU will introduce PEDs as part of the plans to modernise of a number of lines.