London underground Deaths and Fatalities

Ross Souter made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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From: Ross Souter

28 February 2012

Dear Transport for London,

I am a student at the University of Essex and was wondering whether
you could tell me some data regarding the London Underground.

1. How many deaths have there been for this year and the last 10
years on the London underground?
2. What station has the most amounts of fatalities and accidents?
3. What station has the least amounts of fatalities and accidents?
4. What London underground line has the most amounts of fatalities
and accidents?
5. What London Underground line has the least amount of fatalities
and accidents?
6. What was the most frequent cause of death? E.g. suicide

Yours faithfully,

Ross Souter

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Transport for London

28 February 2012

Dear Mr Souter

 

TfL Ref:  FOI-1748-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28
February 2012 asking for information about fatalities and accidents on
London Underground.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 28 March 2012.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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29 August 2012


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Dear Mr Souter

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1748-1112

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28
February 2012 asking for information about deaths on London Underground. I
apologise for the delay in our response.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm TfL does hold the information you require. You asked for:

 

1. How many deaths have there been for this year and the last 10 years on
the London Underground?

 

Please see attached spreadsheet, which excludes deaths from entirely
natural causes. For example, incidents of "ill health" such as a person
having a heart attack are excluded, unless it causes the person to also
have an accident, in which case the incident is included. It also excludes
person under National Rail train incidents at LU Stations.

 

Data is presented in calendar years and we have excluded incidents of
terrorism – although other crimes are included.

2. What station has the most fatalities and accidents?

3. What station has the least fatalities and accidents?

In accordance with the FOI Act, TfL is not obliged to supply any of the
information regarding the station the incidents occurred at as it is
subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information
under section 38(1)(a).

 

In this instance the exemption has been applied as disclosure of the
information you have requested is likely to encourage further suicide
attempts at particular stations by revealing which stations have already
had the most attempts. This risks endangering the health and safety of
both staff and passengers.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. TfL
recognises the need for openness and transparency by public authorities,
but in this instance feel that ensuring the protection of passengers and
staff would put the balance in favour of withholding the information.

 

4. What London Underground line has the most fatalities and accidents?

5. What London Underground line has the least fatalities and accidents?

Please see the attached spreadsheet given to answer 1.

 

6. What was the most frequent cause of death? E.g. suicide

 

The vast majority of cases are as a result of a suicide attempt. Clearly
the number of such incidents of suicide is largely out of TfL’s control.

 

There has been a notable improvement in medical intervention in these
cases which enables paramedic first aid to be given on site and enhance
the survival rate. Tube staff are also trained on how to identify and give
the appropriate support to any customers who appear to be in
mental/emotional distress or who are acting in a way which would identify
them as high risk in this respect.  TfL works with Network Rail and other
train operating companies to share information and approaches to managing
incidences of suicide on the railway.  

 

Person under train incidents are thankfully relatively rare and
unfortunately not unique to London or England as they occur from time to
time on all railways. Each incident  is traumatic for everyone involved:
the families, friends, staff and the emergency services.

 

The safety of all our customers, staff and others involved in travelling
or working on our network, is always TfL’s overriding priority. All
stations have staff on duty throughout traffic hours, almost all stations
are gated to prevent unauthorised access, CCTV coverage is extensive and
customer help points are widespread.  We continually run a campaign to
encourage customers to take care when using the network. We are always
looking to improve safety even further, with more police officers on the
network working closely with local staff in order to support
customers. Our new trains also have CCTV throughout and alarms that allow
passengers to talk to the train driver.

 

Please note that LU has recently re-classified its data to be consistent
with definitions used by the Rail Safety and Standards Board, which has
been responsible for a delay in answering this FOI request.

 

In addition, please note that in some cases this change in definition may
result in changes to previously published data.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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Geoff Hogg left an annotation (11 April 2013)

Quote-marks Thanks both for the request, and the reply.

I am curious as to why the Central, and Bakerloo lines aren't listed.

It is heartening to see that the Jubilee line with its platform doors has a lot less fatalities.

Wouldn't it be possible to do literature researches in the press for the location of stations, and far more importantly the date of the fatality, allowing temporal distribution to be analysed.

regards,

Geoff

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Owen Boswarva left an annotation (12 April 2013)

Quote-marks Actually figures for the Central and Bakerloo lines are included in the response. You may need to scroll to the left after you open the spreadsheet.

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