Increased police presence for overnight services from September
Transport for London has revealed that more than 100 British Transport Police (BTP) officers will patrol the London Underground network each night when Night Tube services start in September.
LU says stations will be staffed at all times, backed up by an increased police presence compared to existing operating hours. Key stations will have a permanent Police presence while mobile teams will travel the lengths of the lines which will be operating through the night. Officers will be backed up by a network of BTP rapid response vehicles. The news comes as TfL has revealed that crime on London’s transport network is at a record low after falling by 8.3% in 2014-15, while on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway it fell by 12.4%. London Overground saw a reduction in crime of 4.9% and on Tramlink services there was a 22.7% fall.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther OBE, of British Transport Police, said: ‘With our specialist skills in railway policing and expertise in operating in this unique environment we are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that the Night Tube will bring. We have conducted research at comparable night metro services across the globe to inform our approach and we will have additional officers recruited specifically for the Night Tube services, ensuring they are highly visible and at the right place at the right time.’
Night Tube services are due to begin on 12 September on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines, with plans for the sub-surface lines and London Overground to follow.