Violent crime on London’s Tube network has increased by more than 43 per cent over the past three years.

These figures came from the British Transport Police (BTP) following a request for the information from Conservative London Assembly member Susan Hall.

 Data from BTP revealed there were 1,980 reported incidents of violence on the Tube between November 2015 and October 2016, compared with 2,838 between November 2017 and September 2018.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Susan Hall is right to highlight the impact of Government cuts to London’s police service, which have forced the Metropolitan Police to make £850 million of savings since 2010 – and are set to continue for years to come after Ministers have repeatedly refused to reverse their cuts.

“Sadiq is doing everything within his power to tackle crime and the causes of crime – but the Met desperately need more money, which only the Government can provide. It’s time for ministers to act.”

A breakdown of the figures show a 25 per cent increase in total criminal offences recorded on the entire network over the same period, with 10,450 in 2015-16 compared with 13,101 in 2017-18.

Weapons offences more than doubled from 42 to 95, while sexual offences increased from 925 to 1,047.

Ms Hall said: “If Sadiq Khan is doing everything he can then he’s not doing his best. There has been a massive rise in crime over the last two years. I think Sadiq has taken his eye off the ball.

“He is far more interested in Brexit and should concentrate what he is responsible for and crime is his responsibility.

“He is wasting money left, right and centre; he could put more money into the police.”

Assistant Chief Constable of the BTP Robin Smith the increased number of crimes could be due to improvements made by the BTP on how crimes are recorded and said that out every 10 million passenger journeys only one in six involved any form of violence.

Mr Smith added: “London has one of the busiest transport networks in the world and the chances of being a victim of crime remains incredibly low, with less than 10 crimes recorded for every million passenger journeys made.”