FOI request detail

Statisics of people fainting on the underground

Request ID: FOI-1019-1718
Date published: 11 October 2017

You asked

I would like to know the statistics regarding how many people have fainted while using the London Underground from the beginning of 2014 up until now, with figures broken down by each year. The incidents of fainting can be on the tube, on the platform or anywhere else at a tube station.

We answered

TfL Ref: 1019-1718

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 29 July 2017 asking for information about the number of people who have fainted while using the London Underground since 2014 broken down by year.

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 hold the information you require.

There are a number of reasons why passengers may be taken ill on the Tube, which could include pre-existing medical conditions, lack of sufficient food or water, alcohol consumption or overheating with layers of clothing during the winter months. We have been working to ensure customers know what steps they can take to minimise the risk of falling ill on the Tube.

This includes carrying water, not boarding a train if they feel unwell and waiting at a station to seek assistance rather than using the passenger alarm. These messages have been incorporated into the Travel Better London campaign to raise awareness of how passengers can help reduce delays and improve the environment for fellow travellers.

The data below includes all incidents where there was a mention of people fainting or feeling faint anywhere in the station or trains regardless of it causing any delays to service. The incidents took place against a backdrop of growing passenger numbers and services with nearly 5 million passenger journeys made per day.

Please note that this is highly dependent on the observations made by staff dealing with the incident and how they subsequently completed the incident report, and therefore is not necessarily fully accurate. With incidents on tube trains, our priority is, if safe and possible, to remove the person from the train to the platform where they can be more easily treated and services can be kept running.

Calendar Year





2017/18 up to 2.8.17






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Yours sincerely

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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