'No complacency' as £3.4m invested in Night Tube safety
PUBLISHED: 08:48 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:48 15 August 2016
The Mayor of London has announced an extra £3.4m will be spent on policing the Night Tube when it kicks off this weekend.
Around 100 officers will be deployed when all five lines are operating on the Friday and Saturday night service, which begins on the Victoria and Central lines from Friday.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the long-awaited night service was an “exciting new chapter in London’s life”.
“It will unlock the full potential of London’s night time economy and support the thousands of Londoners who travel to or from work at night,” he said.
“Keeping Londoners safe is my number-one priority. The extra investment in British Transport Police officers will ensure that all Londoners using the Night Tube feel safe, whether getting back from work or going out at the weekend with friends.”
Supt Paul Clements of City of London Police added: “We already have a robust, visible policing strategy across the city throughout Friday and Saturday nights, and we are confident we will be prepared and ready to attend all incidents quickly.
“However, we are not complacent and we are aware that extra Tube services are likely to mean greater footfall in the area, allowing people to visit licensed premises for longer, or to vary their working hours within the City, for instance.”