Night Tube: Thousands back petition to reopen lines amid Sarah Everard tragedy | UK | News
Launched by Ella Watson, 26, the petition urges the service to resume this winter. The petition, launched on Change.org, has already received over 75 thousand signatures.
The Night Tubes in London initially stopped running due to the Covid pandemic, forcing people traveling at night to seek other transportation.
Ms Watson says the absence of the service means women and girls are forced to get taxis home at night instead.
“Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted at night,” she said.
“It’s a lot riskier for them to use the night bus and be left on the street.”
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Following the devastating deaths of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard in London, the creator of the petition states that women and girls do not feel safe walking in the city, particularly at night.
“In the UK and London women and girls are unsafe on the streets, especially at night,” she said.
“The rightful outcry at the recent murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard on London’s streets, epitomises the fear women face of walking alone or standing on the streets in the evening and at night.
“The decision taken by TfL to keep the night tube closed over the winter of 2021/2022 will have a disproportionate impact on women and low-income groups, with women forced to take expensive taxis home during the busy festive season as a result of being unsafe in public.
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“Yet taxis themselves pose a risk to women, with 235 allegations of rape or sexual assault against London taxi / private hire drivers over a 12-month period during 2019.”
The petition must reach 100 thousand signatures before it is discussed in Parliament.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has vowed to look into reopening “one or two lines” this year.
However, Ms Watson has said that not enough is being done to ensure women and girls’ safety.
“There’s still no commitment there,” she told BBC London.
“One or two lines will make a difference, but this is an issue that affects women across London so we need as many lines as possible to be re-opened.”
Currently, the last trains in central London leave at 1am BST and restart at 5:30am.
The Night Tube lines started in 2016 and ran on certain routes on Fridays and Saturdays.