Commenting on reports in The Times that TfL’s Night Tube risk assessment warns that serious crime on the Tube are likely to rise, that anti-social behaviour will increase leading to “high crime levels” and that the reputation of the Tube as a safe system could be “undermined”, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM said:
“We have warned for months that the danger of increases crime need to be taken more seriously, now it appears TfL’s own risk assessment agrees with us.
“With TfL rating the risk of increases in robbery and sexual crime as four out of five, we’ve got to ask if the current policing arrangements for the Night Tube need reviewing.
“There will always be challenges with a scheme like this but what worries me most is the fact that the Mayor’s rush to bring in the Night Tube seems to have meant turning a blind eye and failing to properly address the dangers.
“The Night Tube will be a wonderful development for London, it’s just got to be done right, and safely. Given the delays to the project the Mayor should have been taking the time to address each of these concerns properly, but there appears little evidence he has.”