Mayor quizzed over policing of Night Tube
The Mayor of London is set to release details about how “outer London” stations on the new night tube will be policed, with Ealing stations used to highlight some of the challenges.
Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff quizzed Mayor Sadiq Khan last month on night tube safety at a City Hall meeting.
The new all-night service will be rolled out in certain parts of London on Friday.
Mr Boff sought assurances over police presence in quieter stations in outer London and has pointed to Northolt and South Ealing stations as examples.
Following the meeting, he said: “Like most Londoners I am looking forward to the ability to take the tube at night, but there are still some unanswered questions.
“In many areas around these outer London night tube stations, such as Northolt and South Ealing station, residents are accustomed to a quieter way of life, and may have chosen to live in these places just because of this. Officials have highlighted 12 ‘red stations’, most of which are in inner London, that are going to be given increased night time focus. Now we need to find out what will be done in Ealing to prevent a rise in anti-social behaviour.
“We are looking for reassurances from the Met that the areas surrounding night tube stations will not be forcefully included into the 24-hour night time economy and will maintain their safe, pleasant atmosphere.”
According to Mr Boff, Mr Khan has promised to release details about how stations quieter zones will be policed before the Night Tube is launched on August 19.
The route will include Ealing Broadway, West Acton, North Acton and East Acton on the Central Line in Ealing.
And on the Piccadilly Line, the night tube will include Acton Town, South Ealing, Northfields, Boston Manor and Osterley in the borough.
At the meeting, Mr Khan said: “One of the reasons why I was keen to start with two lines rather than a big bag of five was to make sure, for lack of a better word, teething problems and issues are dealt with later on.
“For instance tube noise at night… how we police cabs around stations.”
Also at the meeting, the Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said: “I don’t think we’ve seen any evidence yet of particular crime types developing.
“If you’re going to be patrolling 24-hour licensing areas and where the tube comes out at night that produces its own challenges, because it means they’ll either be dragged from neighbourhoods or response.
“These are things we do have to consider, how that is policed in the future.
“Even the British Transport Police will stick to the system, at the moment they won’t go 200 meters beyond [the station]… so that would be down to Metropolitan Police. So how we work together across London is rightly important.”
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