“Regular cleaning of Tubes and buses, and I'm talking to the Eurostar as well, we have one of the best regimes for cleaning our assets... for a variety of reasons we don't think those issues will arise in London - but there will be no complacency from TfL.”
A video posted on TikTok shows a creature believed to be a bedbug crawling on a passenger’s leg on the London Underground.
The clip, which has been viewed over 1.6 million times, was posted by TikTok user @lassogold, who was commuting on the Victoria line.
The user captioned the video: “Minding my own business on the Victoria line, a f*****g bedbug is on my leg.
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“Said he’d got a great deal on the Eurostar and wondered if I could take him home. No!! Sort it out, Transport for London.”
A user commented on the post, making the horrifying joke that “that single one has laid like 400 eggs on those jeans already”.
A bed bug has also been spotted on a bus in Manchester, implying the creatures have already travelled north and are spreading beyond the capital.
Pest control expert Adam Juson attempted to ease fears, saying: “It does look sort of like a bedbug but the video is not really good enough to ID from. The bug is not mobile so this could be a remnant from a treatment or one that has got caught on the person's clothes.
“We have found bedbugs on trains in the past so it's not beyond the bounds of possibility but this looks wrong.”