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Campaigners 'Show the Love' to London Underground to highlight flooding risk to tube stations from climate change

7 February 2017

Campaigners will be handing out green hearts to commuters at Stockwell Tube Station this morning to highlight the need to protect the Underground from risks posed by climate change.

Campaign for Better Transport is using ‘Show The Love’ Week to highlight the threat to the capital’s transport network from climate change, and in particular the threat to the London Underground system.

In a report published last year, 57 Underground stations were found to be at high risk of flooding with Stockwell identified as being one of the top 10 most at risk, with climate change a major cause. Others include Finsbury Park, Notting Hill Gate, Seven Sisters, Colliers Wood and Marble Arch.

The UK's climate projections for a medium carbon emission scenario include increased frequency and consequence, e.g. flooding from increased frequency and intensity of winter storms and TfL has identified "risks arising from climate change and extreme weather" and sought to manage these risks.

Transport for London states that climate change results in more incidents of extreme weather disrupting the running of the Underground. As a result of climate change we expect to see more weather events causing disruptions to transport, like the closure of Canary Wharf Station last month due to heavy rain and the closure of much of London Overground and London Underground last summer due to flooding.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Flooding and damage from extreme weather events are already creating disruption to passengers using London's transport network. Without urgent action on climate change, we risk transport grinding to a halt more frequently, and disastrous environmental, social and financial consequences.

“We're here to show the love to our iconic Tube, and urge the Government to support public transport over promoting the use of polluting cars and lorries. Other countries are leading the way in stopping their reliance on fossil fuels whilst the UK drags its heels.”

The event takes place during Show The Love Week, a national week organised by The Climate Coalition to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love.

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Campaigners will be handing out green hearts outside Stockwell tube station from 08:00 on Tuesday 7 February. Media are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
  • The London Underground Comprehensive Review of Flood Risk (April 2016) found that the risk of flooding is rising due to climate change and identified 85 “high-risk” sites, of which 57 were stations and the rest shafts and tunnel entrances. High risk stations include Waterloo, Kings Cross and London Bridge.
  • Show The Love is organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the people, places and life we love at home in the UK and around the world, including the world’s poorest countries. It includes over 100 organisations such as RSPB, National Trust, WWF, The WI and Oxfam.