FOI request detail

BTP funding for Crossrail (Elizabeth Line)

Request ID: FOI-0795-1718
Date published: 25 July 2017

You asked

Hello, 1) Would you be good enough to let me have details of any proposed funding increases for the British Transport Police to enable them to police the new Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) when it comes into operation. 2) Could you also advise on the intended additional policing numbers will be. My understanding is that when this Line opens it will increase passenger useage on the TFL (London Underground) system by 10%, so I am assuming that plans are already in hand to provide additional police officers for the BTP to enable them to provide a 21st Century service for both staff and passengers using this service, along with the massive stations that have been built. 3) In these uncertain times, I also would like to know if whatever funding you had in place has now been reviewed to enable more firearms officers to be deployed to this part of the TFL system, appreciating that operational policing is down to the CC of the BTP.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0795-1718


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 2 July 2017 asking for information about policing.


Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.


I can confirm we do not yet hold the information you require.


Public transport in London remains a safe, low crime environment with very few people ever experiencing or witnessing crime. However, one crime is one too many and the safety of our customers remains our top priority.


The operational model for policing services on the Elizabeth line is currently being developed by the British Transport Police (BTP) in consultation with MTR Crossrail and TfL and this will include numbers of officers and how they will be deployed. The core funding relationship will be between MTR Crossrail (the train operator delivering Elizabeth line services on behalf of TfL) and BTP. Any review of the appropriate levels of armed policing would be led by the BTP and I would therefore advise you to direct your questions on this matter to them.  You can find details on submitting an FOI request to the BTP at


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Yours sincerely


Lee Hill

Senior FOI Case Officer


FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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