The London Underground and bus stations where TfL staff find the most homeless people sleeping rough

Members of the public entering Piccadilly Circus Underground station pass a rough sleeper in Central London
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Transport for London (TfL) has said that it is working to reduce rough sleeping at some of its Underground and bus stations. Officials have listed some interchanges where it is working with partners to house homeless people.

These include stations in East, North and Central London. But the authority says efforts are not limited to these sites.

A report to the TfL board, which is due to meet on June 12, reads: "Helping rough sleepers get the support they need is a safeguarding priority for us. We work closely with outreach services, Greater London Authority partners, and local authorities to understand how best to support those sleeping rough in London and on the transport network.

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A general view of Blackhorse Road Tube station
Officials say they've recently housed a long-term rough sleeper at Blackhorse Road Tube station -Credit:Irid Escent

"We also continue to work with partners to reduce rough sleeping at certain locations where there are known issues reported by our frontline teams. This includes, but is not limited to, bus stations such as North Greenwich and Canning Town, London Underground stations such as Tottenham Hale, Finsbury Park and Camden Town, and Victoria Coach station."

Officials then gave an example of a recent success. Papers added: "We recently supported a long-term rough sleeper at Blackhorse Road Tube station, who was successfully housed after working with station staff and outreach services. This has had a positive impact on the station and the station frontline team."

Staff conduct 474 'life-saving interventions'

Bosses also say that staff are being 'upskilled' to handle potentially suicidal passengers. Documents state: "We have continued to be proactive in working to reduce attempted and suspected suicides across the network. For 2023/24, we recorded 49 attempted and suspected suicides on the Tube, with 474 life-saving interventions.

"Our work has included increasing the number of station reviews for locations where we have seen an increase in suicidal behavioural incidents. Through these reviews we have identified actions to take forward, such as remedial changes to CCTV camera placement. We continue to upskill our colleagues through Suicide Prevention awareness courses.

"The training programme is specific to the transport network and is delivered by Mental Health experts. These sessions continue to win praise from the colleagues who attended the course and have been further delivered to over 100 colleagues between the March 6 and June 4, 2024."

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