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Women fear for their safety on late-running Tube, says survey

Women fear for their safety on late-running Tube, says survey

from: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/women-fear-for-their-safety-on-laterunning-tube-says-survey-8487250.html
Late running: Plans to run Tube lines to 2am have led to safety fears from women

Rashid Razaq

08 February 2013


Almost half of all women passengers would not feel safe using the Tube if services were extended until 2am, according to a survey. 

 

The Standard revealed last week (30/1) how Transport for London (TfL) bosses are planning to run trains for at least an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays to help boost the capital’s night-time economy.  

TfL managing director Mike Brown said a new timetable could be introduced from early 2015 on a “core network” after the Underground successfully coped with longer operating hours during the Olympics.

A YouGov poll found 45 per cent of women would feel “unsafe” using the Tube during the extended hours with 37 per cent saying they would feel safe and 19 per cent uncertain.

That contrasts with 57 per cent of men who said they would feel safe, 31 per cent saying they would feel unsafe and 13 per cent not sure.

The poll also found that 53 per cent of Londoners fear extending Tube services until will lead to more strike action.

While 54 per cent of Londoners called for the extended hours to be brought in before 2015, 23 per cent said they were happy with the proposed timetable.

However only 15 per cent of respondents said longer hours should a top priority for Tube bosses with 51 per cent saying they would rather see cheaper fares.

The proportion of people who said they would frequently use the later Tube services was highest among young Londoners and lowest among older people
 

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