Mind the Gap! New figures reveal the most dangerous Tube stations across east London

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2018

A Central line train at Barkingside Tube station. Picture: Transport for London

A Central line train at Barkingside Tube station. Picture: Transport for London


The most dangerous Tube stations across the capital are all in east London, new figures obtained from Transport for London (TfL) have revealed.

A freedom of information (FOI) request to the TFL for data on every reported injury that took place in each London Underground station in 2017 showed that West Ham is the station commuters are most likely to suffer an accident – with 11 accidents reported for every one million travellers through the station’s ticket barriers.

Next on the list was Wanstead Station in Redbridge, where there were 22 injuries reported over 12 months – an average of 7 accidents per million commuters.

Barkingside, again in Redbridge, was the third most likely station to see an accident.

There were a number of high profile incidents at east London Tube stations last year.

In February, British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to Canning Town station in Newham after IT worker Ovu Bernard died following a fall down a staircase after accidentally opening an emergency exit.

Redbridge’s Central line commuters also suffered a bizarre flash flood in June when hours of sudden and heavy rain flooded Gants Hill station’s concourse and subways, forcing the entire station to close for several hours.

BTP officers were also called to an incident in Upminster Station’s foyer in late June when an off-duty police officer was assaulted by a teenage girl.

And in March this year, the ticket office of Upminster Bridge station in Havering was closed overnight after masonry collapsed from the ceiling – though fortunately no one was seriously injured.

Weirdly, despite east London’s prominence in the list of most dangerous stations, when it came to total number of accidents the Northern line was the runaway winner with 49 – although this could be down to the huge numbers that use its two seperate branches to traverse central London.

The Central Line, which serves Redbridge and parts of Newham and Tower Hamlets, saw 31 injuries.

Meanwhile, the District line, which serves Havering at its easternmost point but also travels through all other east London boroughs barring Redbridge, is statistically the second safest line to travel on with only 11 injuries reported.

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