It's amazing what a lick of paint and better lighting can do. Apparently, the redesigned entrance to Shadwell DLR station, countering its previous dark and dingy reputation, has made 75% of local residents feel safer using it and there has been "just one crime at the station since the revamp in May, but there were six crimes there between May and June last year, according to British Transport Police figures". The main thrust of the perky TFL press release is that there's literally nowhere for criminals to hide now, no lurking corners or shady spots. Sadly we know from last week's news, not all troublemakers feel the need to hide in the shadows so perhaps the still fearful 25% have got their heads screwed on. However, having found ourselves out there recently, we can endorse praise for the now open and accessible entrance and it's good news for the DLR that Gallions Reach and King George V stations are also due a similar refit by the end of the year.
Shadwell: 75% Less Scary
Last Updated 11 August 2008