Getting tough on Wood Green buses

A Wood Green bus route has been named and shamed as one of the capital's most dangerous by Transport for London (TfL).

But now TfL and police are fighting back, and from Monday a dedicated team of plain clothes and uniformed officers from the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) will be on board the No 29 bus looking for offenders.

Chief Supt Mike Humphrey, from the TOCU, said: "We will be engaged in all boroughs the route 29 travels through in order to fight crime and disorder and to keep buses moving by tackling illegal parking.

"The new route will be a challenge, but I am confident we will make a significant difference for the travelling public.

"Passengers will be safer and buses will become more reliable."

Bus operator Arriva, which controls the popular No 29 route from Enfield to Trafalgar Square, has been working closely with officials on the initiative, which will be ongoing.

Mark Yexley, managing director for Arriva London, said: "We are delighted to work with TfL and the Metropolitan Police to continue our work in improving the safety of our employees and customers.

"By tackling illegal parking in bus lanes, we can work in partnership to improve journey reliability too.

"It is important to remember, the vast majority of bus users cause no problems for our employees, or other travellers."

TOCU has more than 1,300 officers policing London's bus and transport network.

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