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London’s Night Tube must reopen for women’s safety, says petition

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Tens of hundreds of individuals have signed a petition calling for London’s “Night time Tube” to be reinstalled, amid issues about girls’s security.

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The late-night tube service was began on sure evenings in 2016, however was halted final yr because of the pandemic.

Ella Watson launched the petition, writing: “Within the UK and London girls and women are unsafe on the streets, particularly at night time.

“The rightful outcry on the latest murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard on London’s streets, epitomises the concern girls face of strolling alone or standing on the streets within the night and at night time.”

She says the shortage of late-night underground companies is forcing girls to pay for costly taxis dwelling after they really feel unsafe strolling or taking night time buses, a sense that has elevated for some because the nights get darker earlier on.

“The choice taken by TfL to maintain the night time tube closed over the winter of 2021/2022 could have a disproportionate affect on girls and low-income teams, with girls pressured to take costly taxis dwelling in the course of the busy festive season on account of being unsafe in public,” wrote Watson.

Yesterday the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan advised LBC that there could be an announcement on the Night time Tube in “in a few weeks”.

Khan cited employees shortages and the “pingdemic” as a few of the explanation why the late-night service had not been reintroduced, however mentioned that he “understands the significance” of getting it out there.

Nevertheless, the petition won’t go on to be debated in Parliament as a result of it’s not hosted on the official web site petition.parliament.uk.

A spokesperson for the Home of Commons has confirmed that even when it reaches 100,000 signatures, the petition won’t qualify for a debate by MPs.

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