Ealing's A Bit.. Er....Forgetful
Thousands of items of lost property
A total of 5,045 lost items were handed in at bus garages and stations, Underground and Overground stations in Ealing last year. The most commonly forgotten objects were books (1,350), bags (765) and items of clothing (643).
Throughout London the number of items handed in to Transport for London’s (TfL) Lost Property Office (LPO) is increasing year on year. Almost 200,000 items were handed in over the last financial year – an increase of nearly 15,000 items from the previous year.
The LPO handles items lost on the TfL network, including buses, London Underground, London Overground, DLR, Licensed taxis or in Victoria Coach Station.
Julie Haley, TfL’s Lost Property Office Manager, said: “If someone loses a bag, mobile phone or any belongings, please check with us because we may just have it. Over 5,000 items found in Ealing, were handed in to the Lost Property Office in the last 12 months. Whatever you have lost, always report it as one of your fellow travellers may well have hand it in to us.
“We do our best to reunite people with their property and would encourage anyone who loses something on public transport in London to get in touch with us. Ideally though we don’t want anyone leaving things behind and would like to remind passengers to keep hold of their belongings and take a quick look around before getting off public transport.”
Property normally takes a minimum of two working days to arrive at the LPO.
Positively identified lost property is returned to the owner (in person or by post) once a restoration fee, postage and (for property lost in taxis) a driver’s award has been paid.
After two days, people can enquire about lost property in several ways:
by calling 0845 330 9882 between 08.30 and 16.00, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)
June 7, 2010