Public Transport: Greater London

Transport written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers using Transport for London-operated transport have been taken ill as a result of excessive heat since January 2013.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

According to Transport for London (TfL), there have been 59 instances since January 2013 on the London Underground where the records specify heat as the reason for, or a contributing factor towards, customer illness. The actual number may be different as, for various reasons, it is not always possible to provide an accurate picture of why passengers are taken ill. Transport for London do not have any records of passengers being taken ill since January 2013 as a result of excessive heat on trams, London Overground or the Docklands Light Railway. In respect of buses, Transport for London are unable to provide the information requested. This is because TfL only have a log of passengers taken ill if a bus driver has called them for assistance, and the cause of illness is not generally recorded.

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