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Night Tube policing risks being "stretched" - Val Shawcross AM

Responding to today’s announcement of British Transport Police plans for the Night Tube, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross said:

"The night tube will be great for Londoners but it’s important its done safely. We know that policing will be a big challenge, particularly given the serious rise in the number of assaults on staff in recent years, many fuelled by late night alcohol. 

"TfL and British Transport Police have to be sure that passengers and staff are safe on the tube, platform and around the station. Whilst 100 police officers is a significant commitment from the police, when they are divided into teams and asked to cover 144 stations, there is still the risk that they may be stretched, particularly when many of these officers are to be based at key inner London stations.

"The prospect of single staffed stations late at night is also a concern. Passengers need to know that there will be a good staff presence at all stations, supported by British Transport Police. Having only one isolated member of staff at a station will not achieve that."

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