One in four Britons think women-only train carriages are a good idea

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One in four Britons think trains should have women-only carriages, a YouGov poll has found.

Twenty-three per cent of participants in the poll of nearly 3,000 people agreed that train carriages exclusively for women would help prevent sexual offences on public transport and provide a safe haven for women.

But 58 per cent said women-only carriages were a bad idea and encouraged victim-blaming, while the remaining 19 per cent said they didn’t know.

The number of sexual offences on trains and the Tube has almost doubled in the last five years, with 1,448 incidents reported in the year 2016-17. Women made up the majority of victims.

The poll showed more women supported female-only carriages than men, with 28 per cent saying they’d be a good idea. Only 18 per cent of men agreed.

Labour MP Chris Williamson reignited the debate around women-only carriages this week after saying the policy would be “worth consulting”.

Speaking to PoliticsHome, the Derby North MP said: “It would be worth consulting about it. It was pooh-poohed [when Jeremy Corbyn suggested it], but these statistics seem to indicate there is some merit in examining that.”

He added that women-only carriages could “create a safe space” for female travellers.

Mr Williamson’s renewed calls have been attacked by his colleagues, with Labour MP Stella Creasy saying: “Can we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go?”

Jess Phillips MP also tweeted her disapproval:

Meanwhile a sign was anonymously stuck to Mr Williamson’s office door with the message: “Woman? Sexually harassed at work? How about working on your own floor?”

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