station layouts will lead to an even safer system for Tube passengers
under the plans for a 21st century Tube system, minister for London
Nick Raynsford said today.
On a visit to the site of a brand new British Transport Police
station and headquarters building at 55 Tottenham Court Road, Mr
Raynsford viewed the redevelopment work with construction staff and
discussed Tube modernisation plans for greater safety and security on
The new development will include:
* An operational custody suite incorporating 8 cells, surgeon's
room and interview rooms
* Police offices, shower/locker room, mess room and rest room
* Parking for police vehicles
* Kennels for police dogs
Mr Raynsford said:
'The construction of new British Transport Police facilities in
Tottenham Court Road is an excellent example of the private and
public sectors working together for the benefit of passengers, London
Underground and the police.
'Passenger safety and security will be further enhanced under the
21st century modernisation plans for the Tube. In addition to
increased CCTV coverage, improved station layouts and lighting will
help to create safer station environments. An increase in the number
of help points will also provide additional security on platforms.
'The recent 20.7% reduction in crime on the Tube is a testament to
the excellent work of the British Transport Police on one of the
busiest Underground networks in the world. Once complete, this new
facility will help drive down crime levels even further.'