Suicides (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6380
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

For of each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, please can you provide how many suicides took place on the tube network?

Answer

Suicides (2)

Suicides (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

More than 31 million journeys are safely made across the transport network each day. Sadly such incidents do occur in London and on all railways. Each incident is traumatic for everyone involved, their families, friends, Underground staff and the emergency services.

Transport for London (TfL) records suicide data by financial year.

- In 2016/2017, there were 54 suicide attempts on the Tube network.

- In 2017/2018, there were 72 suicide attempts.

- In 2018/2019 - up to 12 March 2019 - there have been 59 suicide attempts.

London Underground’s suicide prevention programme has successfully reduced suicide attempts this financial year. The programme provides training to staff on how to identify and give the appropriate support to any customers who appear to be in distress or who are acting in a way which would identify them as high risk of suicide. This training, refreshed yearly, has had a significant impact on empowering staff, with an increase of over 90 per cent in staff interventions, which has resulted in a reduction in suicide attempts this financial year.

Please see Mayor's Question 2019/6381 for further details on what TfL is doing to reduce suicide attempts on the Tube network.