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Mayor quizzed on safety around Redbridge stations ahead of Night Tube launch

PUBLISHED: 15:39 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:39 11 July 2016

Gants Hill Tube station.

Gants Hill Tube station.

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The Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner have been urged to announce their plans for policing, ahead of the Night Tube beginning on August 19.

Keith Prince, the London Assembly Member for Redbridge, has asked London mayor Sadiq Khan and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to release details on their plans for policing the 10 Central line Underground stations in the borough.

The new service will see 24-hour trains running every Friday and Saturday night on the Central and Victoria lines, with services on the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines expected to follow later this autumn.

Keith said: “Like most Londoners I am looking forward to the ability to take the tube at night, but there are still some unanswered questions

“We are asking what provisions have specifically been made for stations in outer London, as the Met announced there will be an increased police presence in 12 stations, most of which are in inner London.”

“In areas such as Hainault and Woodford station, residents are accustomed to a quieter way of life, and may have chosen to live in these places just because of this.”

The former Redbridge council leader said he was also concerned about people who do not live in the borough, but end up there after a night of drinking.

He said: “There may be anti-social behaviour, or there may not, it is unknown. It might be by people who are upset they’ve ended up in the borough.

“People go out in London and get tanked up and then may be upset that they’ve ended up in our borough by accident, after falling asleep.”

In a meeting at City Hall on July 6, Sadiq Khan said he would release details about how these stations will be policed before August 19.

Keith said: “We are just asking them what they have planned.

“We want to ensure Redbridge residents can continue to enjoy low levels of disturbance in their neighbourhoods.

“They must have expected to make some provisions so I’m just asking them what they are.

“And if they haven’t, then they blimmin’ well should have.”


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