Boris Johnson, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London, has vowed to ban the consumption of alcohol on the Tube if he wins May’s elections.
Citing GLA figures showing alcohol is implicated in 40% of incidents of violent crime Mr Johnson said the capital “needs a fresh approach and new ideas to return the feeling of safety to our buses, trains and station platforms.”
Mr Johnson will visit Bexley later today where the council has adopted a tough approach on alcohol related crime leading to a 22 per cent drop in violent crime in the borough.
Ahead of the visit Mr Johnson said “London has a higher rate of alcohol-related crimes than any other region in England and I have been told time and again that people are scared of taking the Underground late at night because of aggressive behaviour by drunken yobs.”
“Too many people find themselves forced to sit opposite someone swigging from a can of lager and engaging in behaviour that is intimidating or worse. I want everyone’s journeys to be safer and more pleasant.”