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Safety of night time workers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

What progress have you made, while promoting the night time economy, in ensuring that London’s night time workers are safe while travelling to and from work?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In November 2018, I published ‘London at Night’, the most comprehensive research on London from 6pm to 6am. The report revealed that Londoners are no more likely to be a victim of crime at night than during the day. Nevertheless, some groups, particularly women, do have a greater fear of crime at night. That’s why my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and my Night Czar launched the first Women’s Night Safety Charter which has over 250 signatories to date.

I want all Londoners to feel safe, particularly those who work and commute in the evening and night time. The Night Tube has enabled this for many travellers, with more than 30 million journeys on the Night Tube and Overground since they went live.

There are around 3,000 police and police community support officers and 77,000 CCTV cameras across London’s transport network. TfL’s Late Night Transport Working Group will be looking at ways to improve the night time transport experience for workers and passengers. This includes working to make night time journeys even more safe and reliable.