TfL’s emergency response on London Underground gets ‘blue light’ priority

The ‘rapid response’ teams called out to tackle emergencies on the London Underground are getting ‘blue light’ priority and police drivers to get them through traffic.

A trial is being carried out with British Transport Police to halve response times, with TfL emergency vehicles being fitted with the same flashing blue lights used by police, fire and ambulance services.

The trial, part of the transport and security preparations for the summer Olympics when Response Unit staff are being increased to 130, involves a new fleet of response vehicles with Transport Police livery which will also serve the DLR, East London Line and London Overground.