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Frontline staff needed to stem hate crimes against women and LGBTQ+ passengers, TSSA says

TRANSPORT union TSSA warned against rolling back on front-line Underground staff today after a survey found one in five LGBTQ+ people experienced hate crime on the network in the past year.

The union said the move would put women and LGBTQ+ passengers at risk of further abuse and harassment.

Its warning followed findings from the London TravelWatch’s latest survey: Out in London — LGBTQ+ people’s safety on the London transport network.

The union said these chimed with similar evidence from women reporting concerns about travelling on public transport in London, particularly after the murder of Sarah Everard.

TSSA organising director Mel Taylor said: “The reports show a clear link between the attacks, and the perceived fear, to a lack of front-line staff on the Tube.

“Transport for London (TfL) must listen to passengers and staff and push back against the managed decline of our public transport in London.”

TfL has been contacted for comment.


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