Bedbugs on Tube a ‘real source of concern’ says Sadiq Khan

The threat of France’s bedbug outbreak spreading to London’s public transport network is “a real source of concern”, the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan said.

Mr Khan said Transport for London (TfL) is “taking steps” to prevent the insects spreading across the city on its services.

Bedbugs have been reported across France, with many cases in Paris.

Speaking to journalists, London's mayor said: “This is a real source of concern. People are worried about these bugs in Paris causing a problem in London.

“I was in contact with TfL last week and this weekend. We’re taking steps to make sure we don’t have those problems in London, in relation to regular cleaning of the Tube and our buses."

Mr Khan's comments come as videos shared to social media allegedly show the critters griping to commuter's clothes.

One TikTok user @Lassogold, filmed the insects crawling over his legs on the London Underground's Victoria Line.

The user captioned the unverified clip: "It’s true, they’re thriving".

Mr Khan confirmed that TfL are communicating with officials in Paris to help brace England's capital for a potential bedbug surge.

He also sought to reassure the public of the rigorous cleaning practices that occurs onboard London's trains.

He said: “I want to reassure those watching and those listening: TfL have one of the best regimes to clean our assets on a nightly basis. We’re speaking to our friends in Paris to see if there are any lessons to be learned."

Despite growing fears of a nation wide infestation, London's mayor dismissed speculation that his city will suffer a similar scale outbreak to that seen in Paris.

Mr Khan stated: “For a variety of reasons we don’t think those issues will arise in London but (there is) no complacency from TfL.”

Bedbugs feed on blood by biting people, creating wounds that can be itchy but do not usually cause other health problems.

Described by the London School of Hygiene and Medicine as 'incredible hitchhikers', the insects often live on furniture or bedding and can spread by being on clothes or luggage.