The Central line has no on board CCTV and the highest number of reported sexual offences

PUBLISHED: 12:31 05 July 2018

Central line has no CCTVs. Picture: Transport for London

Central line has no CCTVs. Picture: Transport for London


The Central line, which has the highest number of reported sexual offences, is one of the only Tube lines across London not to have on board CCTV.

Along with the Bakerloo line, the carriages on the service do not have internal cameras but do have CCTV on the platforms.

According to data from the British Transport Police (BTP) there were 100 sexual offence incidents reported through their 61016 text message service between July 2016 and January 2018.

In contrast, four people reported an incident on the Circle line via text during the same period – the lowest of all the lines.

There are plans to upgrade the trains on the red route, which are home to some of the oldest carriages in London, but this will not be completed until 2023.

In April a 24-year-old woman was chatting in Spanish to friends while travelling on the Central line between Liverpool Street and Stratford when two female passengers started shouting at her.

They demanded the woman speak English when in England before launching an attack.

Last week detectives launched an investigation after two men tried to abduct a five-year-old standing with his father on a platform in Gants Hill.

There are no CCTV images of the suspects in either case.

Peter McNaught, director of asset operations for London Underground said: “All our passengers have the right to travel without fear or intimidation and we work closely with the BTP to make sure our trains and stations are safe and secure.

“There is an extensive network of more than 12,000 CCTV cameras operating across the Tube network including CCTV at all Central line stations.

“There are also 3,000 police and police community support officers dedicated to policing the transport network.

“We encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses a crime to report it as quickly as possible, so offenders can be brought to justice.

“Central line trains are among the oldest on the Tube network. A programme of upgrade and repair works is currently underway on these trains including the retrofit of CCTV. This work will be completed by 2023.”

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