Suicides (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd March 2019.

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In Japan, the placing blue LED lights on station platforms has led to an 84% reduction in suicides. Is this something you will consider doing in London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) and I are committed to minimising incidents of suicide on the transport network. Every suicide is a tragedy that has a far reaching impact on family, friends and community long after a person has died.

TfL has a range of suicide prevention measures in place including staff training and customer campaigns to promote awareness of the Samaritans. TfL will always consider alternative ideas that could help reduce incidents of suicide further.

TfL has already reviewed academic research on the blue LED lights method, which has also been considered by the Rail Safety and Standards Board. The research has suggested that the impact of blue LED lights on suicide rates is inconclusive.

Nevertheless, TfL will continue to monitor any research in this area, as well as continue its dialogue on suicide prevention with Network Rail and the wider rail industry, the British Transport Police and national agencies and charities.