RMT demands action over public fears of violence on London Transport

More than a quarter of women and 15% of men don't feel safe while travelling in London
by - 31st March 2012, 9.00 GMT

The RMT has demanded action to improve safety on London Transport after a survey showed 28% of women and 15% of men do not feel safe travelling on London transport at all times of the day and night.

The YouGov survey was published by End Violence Against Women.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “It is shocking and deplorable that so many of London’s passengers do not feel safe, and it is clear from this survey that lack of staff is the key reason. RMT calls on Transport for London and London Underground to commit to making no further staff cuts, and to reverse the cuts it has already made.”

Women survey respondents identified staffing as the main area in which they wanted to see action.

Janine Booth, who represents London Transport workers on RMT’s national executive, said: “TfL’s policy of stripping staffing levels to the bare minimum has left many women, and some men, afraid to travel. We have millions of jobless people looking for work, and important work that needs to be done making our transport safe and accessible. TfL and London Underground should create jobs and increase staffing.”

RMT is campaigning against violence, opposing cuts to women’s refuges, and will be asking all transport employers to implement a policy to support victims of domestic violence.

Full details of the survey are available here.