2008 Manifesto: Making London Safer

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Making Trains and Buses Safer

Strengthening Safer Transport Teams

"Double the strength of Safer Transport Teams, by releasing funding for approximately 440 extra PCSOs to patrol the buses and 50 more fully-warranted British Transport Police officers to patrol the worst suburban stations."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has prioritised safety on London’s public transport. An extra 440 uniformed officers were recruited to the Safer Transport Teams (link). There are now an extra 50 Transport Police on the Overground and particularly outer London stations (link). In 2008, Boris also banned alcohol on the Tube (link). Bus crime has decreased by 30 per cent since Boris came into office. (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012. Comparing 45 months of Ken Livingstone (August 2004 – April 2008) with 45 months of Boris Johnson (May 2008 – January 2012).

Launching the Payback London scheme

"I will require under 18s who have had their free bus travel withdrawn for anti-social behaviour to earn it back through voluntary and community service."
Status Update: Delivered

Launched in August 2009, the Payback London scheme requires under 18s who have their free bus travel withdrawn to earn it back through community work (link). The scheme has been used to show to young people the importance of contributing to their city – clearing graffiti, picking up litter, and helping community schemes. To date, 10,068 individuals have had their passes withdrawn since 2009 (link).

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