London Underground station receives enforcement notice

30 May 2019

London Bridge Underground Station was handed the notice by London Fire Brigade (LFB) after it discovered eight breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 [FSO].

BBC News reported on the enforcement notice handed out by LFB, which stated that the station ‘failed to provide’ suitable warning methods as well as failing to ensure fire safety equipment ‘was in working order’. The order was handed to Transport for London (TfL), which has until 5 June to comply with the measures the notice set out.
LFB’s official statement on the enforcement notice stated that the station had breached Articles 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22 and 38 of the FSO, with Article 9 noting a ‘failure to review’ the fire risk assessment (FRA), and Article 11 covering a ‘failure in the effective management’ of both ‘preventive and protective measures’. Article 13 refers to a fire warning, in terms of failing to ‘provide a suitable method of giving warning in case of fire’.
Next, Article 14 covers a ‘failure to provide and/or maintain adequate and clearly indicated emergency routes and exits’, while 17 notes a ‘failure to ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices are maintained in an efficient state, in effective working order and in good repair’. A failure to provide staff with ‘comprehensible and relevant’ information on the FRA and its measures was covered by Article 19.
Finally, the station breached Articles 22 and 38, with 22 referring to a ‘failure to co-operate with another responsible person(s) to co-ordinate measures required’ by the FSO, and 38 the ‘failure to ensure’ that the premises and ‘any facilities, equipment and devices for use by or protection of fire-fighters are maintained in an efficient state, in effective working order and in good repair’.
TfL responded that safety was its ‘top priority’, and that steps ‘were being taken’ to address the issues, with a spokesman adding: ‘Safety is always our top priority, and we work closely with London Fire Brigade to ensure that our stations are safe for our customers and staff. We have met with them to discuss the issues that they identified and have taken urgent steps to address all of them.’