HC Deb 04 November 2003 vol 412 cc542-3W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government is taking to increase the(a) security and (b) safety of public transport in London. [135383]

Mr. McNulty

The Government fully support the British Transport Police (BTP) who as the police force for London's railways and London Underground are an integral part of the city's anti-terrorism policing strategy. There is very close liaison and co-operation between BTP and the rail industry, Transport For London (TfL), Government departments, the Metropolitan Police and other emergency services at all levels. The Health Safety Executive, as rail regulator, also work closely with London Underground and the national rail operators on safety related issues.

In addition, TfL is part of a joint initiative with the Metropolitan police—the Transport Policing Initiative, which is aimed particularly at increasing safety and security on London's bus services.

The Secretary of State for Transport also issues the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) with directions and guidance, which require the SRA to encourage train operators to participate in both the Secure Stations and Secure Car Park schemes, which award accreditation when specified standards of design and management are reached. Further to this, the Modern Facilities at Stations programme will provide CCTV at some of London's stations.