Mayor quizzed over polic­ing of Night Tube

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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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