Sinister by Day and Frightening at Night; the Standard's Readers Give Their Reaction

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Sinister by Day and Frightening at Night; the Standard's Readers Give Their Reaction


I AM one of those unfortunate folks having to use Willesden Junction's long, underlit narrow alleyway to Harrow Road. It is sinister in daytime and frightening at night.

Last Friday, from 100ft away, I noticed four or five youths loitering by the narrow entrance up the stairs leading to Harrow Road and wondered if I should return to an empty station. There was no one behind me, which can be good or bad. They slowly gave way, called me a whore and then tried to coerce me into walking between them. They mimicked following me, I mimicked pulling a weapon out, at which point, a big man came up behind them.

Sophie Landry THERE are no staff at my local Silverlink station (Canonbury) all day Saturday and Sunday. During weekdays, staff are only there between 6.45am and 1.45pm and 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Trains run until midnight and the station is hidden from the main road. There is CCTV but that's not much of a disincentive for a hooded mugger. Silverlink is nicknamed "The Loony Line" on account of the nutcases, drunks and other weirdos who use the service. It often doesn't feel safe on the trains, let alone the stations.

Barney Southin FOR two years I travelled to Kensal Green station with my bike. During this time I received a very polite and friendly service.

We should give some consideration to the staff operating there. All their efforts are perhaps being undermined by this pointless murder. If Silverlink staffed the stations until the last train this would probably not have happened. The commercial aspect of running a service is important but I would rather pay and extra 20p on a ticket and see people employed and providing a valuable service.

Malcolm Bailey TRANSPORT for London has embarked on a campaign on the threat of terrorist attacks: "Do not leave your bags or packages unattended".

Perhaps London Underground, Silverlink and the London Transport Police should have notices in all of their offices to help deter the threat of muggers: "Do not leave passengers unattended at night on deserted stations."

David Dowse I USE Orpington and am amazed at the number of staff on duty in the middle of the day, many of whom really have little to do but come the evening they all evaporate! …

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