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Mayor's train safety plan on the right track

PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled plans to increase the number of police patrolling train stations in the suburbs on Tuesday, writes Andrew Woodman.

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled plans to increase the number of police patrolling train stations in the suburbs on Tuesday, writes Andrew Woodman.

Appearing at Bromley South station with London Transport commissioner Peter Hendey and British Transport Police (BTP) Chief Constable Ian Johnston, Mr Johnson announced plans to add an extra 50 officers to trains in Greater London.

Transport for London (TfL) will be spending more than £6 million during the next two years to fund officers on non-TfL services and clamp down on anti-social behaviour on public transport.

Mr Johnson said: "I made a pledge that I would make London's suburban stations safer, because everyone has the right to travel safely and free from the fear of crime, no matter what part of London they live in."

The Bromley South BTP team will also cover Shortlands, Bromley North, Ravensbourne, Beckenham Hill, Grove Park, Chislehurst, Elmstead Woods, Bickley, St Mary Cray, Petts Wood and Orpington.

Another hub is due to be put in place in Woolwich Arsenal this month.

The new patrols will roll out in the next few months at more than 100 stations and routes in Greater London alongside the existing 30 new transport policing teams as announced by the Mayor last year.

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