Tube Station Closures

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many Tube station closures have there been since 6th May 2016 due to a lack of station staff? 


Answer for Tube Station Closures

Answer for Tube Station Closures

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since 6 May 2016, there have been 343 instances of station closures due to non-availability of staff. The average duration of closure is 28 minutes and three quarters of these closures took place early in the morning or late at night (before 07:00 or after 22:30).


Closures can be caused by sickness or lateness and these closures are typically for short periods of time. Recently, some closures have also occurred as a result of the overtime ban by the RMT and TSSA trade unions.


Staff unavailability is continually reviewed TfL and it has a number of measures in place to limit the closure of stations due to staff unavailability. This includes providing training and moving staff between stations.


I know that we need more staff in our Tube stations and TfL has already started to recruit 200 extra staff. Taking into account existing vacancies and natural turnover, over 600 staff will be recruited for stations this year.


Since publication of the answer to this question, the answer has been corrected so that the second sentence should read 'The average duration of closure is 82 minutes ...'