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Is London getting back to business?
London Mayor Ken Livingstone on a tube train on Monday 11 July
Have you returned to work after last week's bomb blasts?

Londoners have been heading back to work following last week's bomb blasts with London Underground reporting regular passenger numbers.

Most buses and trains are also said to have resumed a normal service in spite of Tube closures around the affected lines and road closures around Tavistock Square.

How was your journey? Whether you live in London or other parts of the country, have you noticed any changes? Are you more vigilant?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

Well done to the emergency services and the tube network for an excellent job
Hind, London
As a Londoner and a Muslim I would like to begin by offering my deepest sympathies to the victims of Thursday's attack and to their families and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I travelled into Euston Square, everything seems normal and so it should be! Well done to the emergency services and the tube network for an excellent job. There is no justification for terrorism, as such we cannot let the actions of these criminals affect us in living in the most tolerant, multi-racial and united city in the World.
Hind, London

Being an Australian, I have been aware that I am in a massive city now with more risks, but funny enough I do feel safe here. Watching the people on the tube, hardly anyone with Ipod's on, just listening and watching. More smiles though from commuters looking for a friendly familiar face. This is a brilliant city to be proud of, and I will miss it when I return to Perth - but I'm not going anywhere for a long time yet! Love you London.
Nadia, NW London

As a middle-aged cynical Scot I had little time for patriotism until I saw the Queen and Prince Philip standing tall in an open-topped Jeep heading a parade of British Legion standards down the Mall followed by thousands of spectators, I finally began to understand the real meaning of "standing together". What a magnificent spectacle and (whether by accident or design) what an example to us all.
Iain, UK

I live next to Tavistock Square. On the tube to work, London seemed to be returning to normal, but looking out of my flat at the police cordons and screens shielding the bus is a grim reminder that normality for the injured and grieving is impossibly far away
Anon, London

I'm a 13-year-old student who has to get on the tube or bus everyday to go to school. I usually get on the tube as it's much quicker but I am now to paranoid and scared so I go on the bus, but I'm still left scared. The terrorists know that the tube is a prime target for terrorism and have now left thousands of innocent people scared, angry and confused. I wasn't even near the attacks but am sick to think off all the people who died or were injured. What is our world coming to?
Anonymous, N London, UK

I normally drive to work around the outskirts of the congestion zone. I cross all the main routes into London from north to east. I noticed huge tail backs on all those routes this morning on the inbound lane, I assume this is because more people are taking their cars instead of the tube or bus.
Colin Pollock, London

Londoners are strong people and we will be back
Simon, London
I would like to think things were getting back to normal, but certainly I noticed that there are still less people on the Jubilee Line compared to before Thursday. It's usually very crowded with people going to London Bridge and Waterloo especially. It was probably about half the amount of commuters. I felt nervous and I noticed everyone else was looking at each other. It will take a little longer, but Londoners are strong people and we will be back.
Simon, London

London is certainly getting back to normal. A few of us decided to travel on the tube together this morning and that helped make it easier. A friend who was in one of the bombed trains made the journey too and she was so brave. That's certainly showing that London won't be intimidated.
Rory Fitzgerald, Walthamstow, London

I can't say that I've noticed a major change. The carriages are slightly emptier and there are inevitably more delays. I must say that the press depiction of Londoners as defiant is a little exaggerated. Most people I know have no choice but to return to work. I would like to also express my gratitude to all the kind words received from America over the last few days. I feel slightly humbled considering the bravery it must have taken to continue working in a skyscraper after 9/11.
Ian Batts, London, UK

Pretty much back to normal, hot, sweaty and crowded tubes. That said there was certainly an air of tension, Victoria seemed just as busy but not as loud, but surely that is normal after such a horrific event. People get on with it, but what is the alternative for millions of people who commute around and into London everyday. I must add having walked from Aldgate to Wimbledon on Thursday it was heartening to see a stronger sense of society than I have seen in 6 years of being in London.
John

We need to start fining people for being so stupid as to leave baggage unattended. I witnessed it first hand on Friday when a bag was left on a platform. Have people not got any common sense? Further security alerts due to someone leaving their bag of sandwiches behind will only delay all our journeys and make life more stressful. I suggest a minimum of 1,000, it's the only way to drum vigilance into people.
Stephanie, London, UK

The chances of being hurt in a terrorist attack are very low indeed, which is worth remembering. I would expect similar attacks to occur in the future, but I'm not worrying about it. In fact, I'm more concerned about the effects of poor air quality on my health by travelling on the tube and living in London.
Neil Woods, London

Don't bury your head in the newspaper
John, London
If everyone was a bit more vigilant on the tube then lives could have been saved. Don't bury your head in the newspaper, keep an eye on the person standing next to you. If they have a rucksack on the floor, make sure they take it with them when they leave. Are they acting strangely? Don't be afraid to get off and inform a member of staff. Don't be afraid of looking stupid.
John, London

Yes, it is important to not let these terrorists take away our daily lives, but defiance alone is not the answer. It is now up to every man and woman to remain vigil (without prejudice) when using public transport or space.
Ashvin, London, UK

I work very close to Aldgate and to me it is business as usual; I have a job to go to. I can't sit at home feeling worried, when I have a six-month old baby reliant on me. I understand there are people more directly affected, but for the rest of us I don't see the problem with not being able to get straight back into it.
Matthew, London, UK

My heart goes out to the families who have lost any members
Gerald Harris, Chicago, IL, USA
I am a 58 year old male ex pat, living in Chicago and married to an American lady with 2 American children. I lived in the centre of London for 30 years and was horrified as I saw the pictures and news unfold on the television here. The areas involved were my old stomping grounds and the places vivid in my mind. One time I was half a block from where an IRA bomb exploded and blew out my then office. How those memories came back to me and how I felt. As always I am proud to be British and a Londoner, and my heart goes out to the families who have lost any members.
Gerald Harris, Chicago, IL, USA

There is disruption due to tube line closures and occasional security alerts, but no major problems. Some people are working from home to avoid travel congestion. Apart from that, it's business as normal. I brought my family into the West End on Sunday - a totally normal day, except for the weather!
Andrew D, London

All this talk about getting back to normal. The fact is the majority of people living and working in London don't have any choice. It's either get to work or be out of a job. I'd give anything not to have to do it every day!
Janet, Essex, England

I use Liverpool Street station every day and I have a message for the people behind this atrocity. I am not scared. Like my friends and colleagues I am angry but you will not scare us and you will not change our way of lives. If your aim was to cause long term panic and terror then you have failed. You have not weakened our resolve you have hardened it.
Mark M, Colchester, UK

London is not getting back to anything approaching normal. Sure people are using public transport, going to work to show that we can't be beaten. But I run a market stall in one of London's main market area and there was NO-ONE around today. Our takings were down 80%, proving that people are only venturing past their front doors when they deem it strictly necessary.
Simon Brown, London, UK

My partner works for GNER and was in London when the bombings happened. She went back to work on Saturday. Even though she was in London we live in Leeds and nothing compares to the pure horror people went through on Thursday. London is strong and people are showing that nothing is gonna scare them. They are so brave.
Lisa Mathews, Leeds

My train was delayed due to a technical fault this morning - so yes, things are back to normal.
Andrew Lees, SE22

People are clearly taking to their cars out of fear
Fatima de Abreu, London
I drive in from West London everyday, passing Edgware Road Station and along Marylebone Road. This morning the journey took over 2 and a half hours - usually it's 40 minutes - whatever people say about Londoners being tough and not changing their routes - people are clearly taking to their cars out of fear. I have colleagues who have avoided the tube today, so don't say people are not scared. I would rather sit in 2-3 hour traffic (and pay for that luxury) than face getting on the Tube again!
Fatima de Abreu, London

I have lived in London for 8 years now. It was strange coming in to work Friday. The faces I saw were less in number and downbeat. I would not stop coming to work because of the work of terrorists, and I did not. It was nice this morning to see the trains full as usual as people go about their normal business. I did not need any evidence that normal, hard working people would not be overcome by the work of a few cowards, but it was nice to see some.
Jason Norman, London

I just made a return trip by tube on both the District and Northern line. Seemed quite normal to me, however, I think passengers should be reminded to stand or sit next to their luggage and not leave it unattended in the carriage entryway, as otherwise it can be unnerving to people.
Scott S, London, UK

I was back to work on Friday taking the overland train from Clapham Junction to Olympia instead of the tube. I have to admit that I will, for the time being, be more likely to take this route. Whilst I know that the chances of being caught in another blast on the tube are low, the horrific stories I have read over the weekend have really put me off the tube. And whilst I appreciate that these attacks won't stop London, the horror is too fresh for me right now to choose going underground.
Oliver Wright, London, UK

I had to keep my wife fully updated with all my tube movements today. Yes we are back to normal, tubes full of people with no other choice but on their way to earn a living, but we will never forget and always fear. Things have changed forever.
Omer Tuskan, London

We were back at work on Friday the tube was up and running which was superb, it was a bit empty but today everything seemed back to normal, London marches on!
J Driscoll, London

I have never experienced such an emotional week as a Londoner, after the delighted proud feelings of Wednesday came the tragedy that I had been waiting for since 9/11. What I hadn't envisaged was the defiant response London would give and how proud this would make me feel. I am honoured to be living in a city with so much integrity, equality, grace and strength. As I left waterloo station on foot today, regrettably avoiding the tube, I looked proudly at those heading underground and looked up at how beautiful this city is as I walked over Waterloo bridge. I had forgotten how incredible this city is! Why did it take such an event to remind me why I love it so?
Ozlem Tuskan, London

London's "character" showed through
Robert Heming, Houston, USA
My wife and I were in London on Thursday morning. A friend was taking us to Victoria and the radio was full of talk of power surges, etc. My colleague's wife who works for the Times had called with news of a possible terrorist attack, but the radio station did not make any announcements. What impressed me was the calm and orderly way that people reacted to what was obviously a major incident with police and ambulance sirens wailing around us. The police were calm and polite and people just reacted calmly also. As we reached the train it was announced that all buses were suspended. We knew then that it must have been a terrorist attack. The trains from Victoria all seemed to run normally the staff behaved very professionally. I think that London's "character" showed through. It reminded me of the matter of fact way my mother described the blitz-sitting in air raid shelters peeling spuds and shelling peas for the next day's dinner.
Robert Heming, Houston, USA

I was the only person on the tube at one point this morning. Its hardly normal. And since I live in the Barbican, all the tube lines round me are down. Very busy on the roads and lots of police around, with guns on show. Normal is proving to be a struggle. But I am still proud of our city.
Amy Vickery, London

I had a business trip planned to London, and was afraid the airlines would over-react and cancel my flight. I arrived Sunday and walked everywhere in a perfect day. Today, to come into my company's London office, I intentionally did not take a cab - I rode the Underground in solidarity with all Londoners. It was on time, not very crowded and a good experience, seeing everyone go on. Go London go!
Santiago M, Cambridge, USA

I would like to thank the police and security staff throughout London, which did an excellent job and service, to all Londoners. If it weren't for them I would have been scared to leave my office (in Canary Wharf) and start the long journey home. They also provided re-assurance and made us feel 'safe'
Roshani, West Sussex

I've been on London for 10 months now, but last Thursday was the one day which I will never forget in my whole life. Especially after I saw the bus near my university (UCL). I took my usual bus to UCL on Friday and today as well. I want to tell those responsible for this that we will not be scared and their ways of terror won't work. We will get back to normal and fight such inhuman behaviour. I also want to pay my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. Today I feel proud to be a Londoner, especially because the way we are getting back to normal and cause of the kind of unity we have being from various cultures. Thank you all.
Venky Kamat, London

We will not be beaten, but we will be changed
Max Desorgher, London
No, London is not 'getting back to normal', people still feel shocked and stunned by what has happened. I feel that we need some kind of collective outpouring of emotion to express our anger and sadness at what these people did to our city. We will not be beaten, but we will be changed. We will be stronger and more united.
Max Desorgher, London

I see London doing its best to return to normal after the work of the terrorists. However, as a Brit, I recognise disappointedly that any celebration of the 2012 Olympics has been cancelled. I feel that, as a message to terrorists of British solidarity, London should reinstate some public ceremony to acknowledge the successful bid as well as pay respects to the victims of the bombs. Terrorists: you cannot break the morale of the UK people.
Alan, Singapore

I might be a bit of a coward, but I am actually terrified at the idea of taking the tube again. I haven't had the need to do so yet because I drive to work and have done so for the last 9 years. However, I use the tube to visit museums, the theatre or just have a day out in town and I know that it will take longer for me to come round and use it again. I know most commuters do not have a choice: still, their reaction is a real inspiration to me.
Florence, North London

I was coming from Croydon to Victoria station. When the train stopped at Victoria and just as I got out there was a mechanical fault and the door suddenly closed my bag was left in and I was out. There was no panic. A middle-aged man indicated me to meet at the next door. He carried my bag and gave it to me on the platform. There was no suspicion no fear. Thank you to that man and well done London. I feel blessed to reside in a country where courtesy overrides fear. Three cheers to that!
Sudhir Kekre, Manchester, UK

When you work in London you accept there is a risk every day
Barbara, Windsor, UK
I went on holiday for the weekend so I didn't come into town on Friday. The strange thing was I felt that I was really letting people down and I had to keep reminding myself that I would have been on holiday anyway! This morning seemed fairly normal to me but when you work in London you accept there is a risk every day.
Barbara, Windsor, UK

I am a New Zealand woman who has lived in London for the past eight months. I am a Sales Manager in London and travelling on tubes and buses is part of my every day life. I have always been conscious that something of this nature might happen. We all know that the Underground is a prime target for attacks like this, and although this has been a horrific, scary, senseless act, I can't help but think of how much bigger this attack might have been. Over the last three days I have been far more aware of constant sirens, mostly two or more at once. I guess my ears are more sensitive now. To families and friends of the deceased and missing, my heart goes out to you.
NB, London, UK

I work in Holborn and apart from traffic problems around the Tavistock Square area, the city is very full, as usual. London will take stuff like this in its stride, even if it should continue, and even if we are all a little apprehensive. Vigilance can make a real difference and if everyone takes responsibility for the area around them together we can make things difficult for any terrorist. I also noted with poignancy, however, on the Metro this morning that 33 lives were lost in Baghdad on Sunday due to similar acts of terrorism. Sadly the occupants of Baghdad face this kind of thing almost daily. In our own distress lets not forget theirs.
Dave Waters, Northwood

My husband was unable to get to work on Friday as we live in east London and he works by Olympia in west London and his work are refusing to pay him for the day. He didn't take the day off for fun and we cant afford to lose a days earnings with a small baby and mortgage to pay. I think it's disgusting that his company have no morals! But what can we do? Are we alone with this problem?
Kim Cohen, London

I'm not feeling 'brave' or 'resilient' as I keep reading in the media
Elma, London
I used the tube over the weekend and coming into work this morning. It's not really a matter of choice in London - if I took another form of transport into the centre from south London, it'd take much too long. So, I think I'm having to face any fears through pure necessity. I'm not feeling 'brave' or 'resilient' as I keep reading in the media! London finds itself very vulnerable suddenly and I think it's easier for me personally to accept that harsh reality rather then believe such a thing may not happen again and that people feel normal after this tragedy. Perhaps things will lighten up when we truly get back to anything resembling 'normal'. Sorry to sound gloomy.
Elma, London

Went into town today on Met and Bakerloo lines for an early meeting near Charing Cross. Beautiful day, few more police out than usual and people gave you the once over and looked at your bag when you got on the carriage. Other than that, perfectly normal.
Fran, London, UK

I work in Brussels and travel back to the UK at weekends so had to use the tube last Friday and Sunday. I had no problems at all and did not feel in any danger whatsoever. I found it fantastic that transport in London could recover to near normal in 24 hours. I doubt if this would have happened in any other city in Europe. It makes you proud to be British.
Cliff White, Brussels, Belgium

The tube was slightly less packed this (Monday) morning, and everyone eyed each other up with a certain amount of caution, but Oxford Street seems as busy as usual and people are still jumping on buses. I grew up in a garrison town where IRA threats were routine, I missed the Admiral Duncan bomb by about 10 minutes and thankfully I was at Baker Street and not Edgware Road when this bomb went off. This isn't the first time we've had this, it unfortunately is unlikely to be the last. Still we'll all carry on, worrying a bit, making black humour jokes and putting the kettle on.
J Fischer, London

I work very near to Liverpool Street. Friday was a quiet day on the tubes and in the City. But this morning the tubes were busy, and London seems as usual. People were sitting out in the sun at lunchtime. It definitely feels like business is as usual.
Rik, London

Travelling back into London today I was shocked at how openly nervous passengers are. As I travelled on the Hammersmith and City Line from Royal Oak to Hammersmith a lady of around 25-years-old got very upset about an empty tobacco packet on the seat in front of me, shouting out "someone's left something on here, someone's left something on here!" and nearly getting her head stuck in the door as she tried to get out and warn the train staff. At the next stop she ran off and then as we pulled into the following station two rail security staff came on board looking for this 'unidentified object' and I pointed towards the packet and it was a moment of relief all around. Although it was pretty obvious there was no risk, her panic made it all even more real and proved that it will take a long time to feel safe again.
Julia Pearlman, London

Well done London for getting on with things
Mark, London, UK
Why is today any more dangerous than last Wednesday was? Because something happened on Thursday that we already knew was possible? It doesn't make today more dangerous - if anything it is safer because people are being more vigilant. The tube felt normal to me today. Well done London for getting on with things!
Mark, London, UK

Long after most of us put these bombings behind us, the impact on London of securing the Olympic Games will be benefiting London and Londoners. By far the most significant event for London in the last week has been the award of the 2012 Olympics. The terrorists have failed even before they started.
Roger, UK

It took 2hrs and 50 minutes for me to get from west to east London this morning. The buses I was on were packed. When you can't even see your feet, how are you going to see a potential bomb? Uniformed guards need to be brought back onto buses and tube trains. The companies involved should think less about profits and more about passenger safety.
John, London

It took me 2 hours to get to work. I got to the bus stop near Turnpike Lane at 6.30 am (as there is no Piccadilly line) and was still waiting at 7am as all buses were full! Where are the extra buses?
SD, London

I can't say that I didn't have a few qualms about getting the tube this morning, but we all have to get on with it just to show the perpetrators of this obscenity that we will not be cowed into submission or worse, goaded into religious intolerance.
Will Douglas, London, England

I'm South African and have lived in Britain for 12 years. I think the Brits are a defiant bunch and I'm sure that things will go on as usual. You have lived with these kinds of attacks before and been resolute throughout so I'm sure there won't be the fear which has been so prominent in American society since 9/11. I think that media coverage of the blasts is much more objective and less scare-mongering over here. Hopefully the authorities will catch those responsible soon and things get back to normal as soon as possible.
Carl Dadd, Leeds

By the end of this week, everyone will have steadied and settled down
Fiona, London, UK
I've lived in London all my adult life (30 years), and the intermittent backdrop to that has been terrorism of one sort or another. Back in the early days of IRA activity, everyone would be a bit diffident for a few days after a particular incident, but we all soon carried on regardless. By the end of this week, everyone will have steadied and settled down. All this talk about fear and trains full of terrified people in the last few days is not helpful.
Fiona, London, UK

I'm absolutely shocked at my reaction to all this. I can't understand just how fearful of the tube I am now. Ever since 9/11 I've known this would happen so I've always been pretty vigilant, and in some ways I think I'd have been more prepared for this 2-3 years ago. Before 7/7 I know for sure nobody would raise their heads from their books to question an unattended bag. No longer can we be so negligent of our and other peoples safety.
Adrian Young, London

The recent terror attacks on London have been an attack on our people, our way of life and everything we stand for, freedom! I have nothing but praise for my fellow Londoners and most of all the rescue services and police. The people of London have come together in a remarkable way to get the city back on its feet so fast and so doing making the most important statement that we as a society can make, that something like this only brings us closer together and makes us stronger than ever! To say the city is a ghost town is absolute rubbish! I work in Euston Road about a 150 meters from King's Cross and 500 meters from Tavistock Square and there are thousands of people on the street, pubs, restaurants etc going about their daily business as normally as possible and also doing everything possible to help and support the police, even something as simple as giving bottles of water to Bobbies guarding the cordoned off zones. Viva London and its people, it's the greatest city in the world and I would live no other place!
Romano Plescia, London

Life must go on
Jane, London
I'm not scared. I feel angry and defiant. I grew up in Northern Ireland and the minute you let these people control how you go about your daily lives, they have won. On the tube this morning we were evacuated from Great Portland Street due to a suspect package. No panic, everyone just accepted it and calmly got off the tube and went outside. I walked to work passing Kings X and stopped for a moment beside the large amount of flowers that have been left. It was very sad but life must go on. I for one am not going to let this stop me from going about London as I would usually do. If they get me, they get me, not much I will be able to do about it.
Jane, London

I am starting a job in London in January and the events of the past few days have only made me more enthusiastic to live and work in London. I want to show that life goes on and that we will continue to lead our lives as before. Terrorism claims lives but its aim is to change our way of life so continuing as normal prevents terrorism from working effectively. Furthermore the reaction of the vast majority of Londoners has shown what a special city it really is with a character and determination that cannot be overcome by mindless barbarism.
Greg, Bristol

The tube seemed quieter than normal this morning but the city is just as packed. I got on the bus on Thursday evening when I managed to make it into Clapham and was on the tube on Friday morning. There is no way I am going to let my life be ruled by the actions of such morons. Looking around and reading the comments here, I feel proud to be a Londoner. I made a choice when I came to live in London and I am proud to call myself a Londoner.
Kamal Shah, London, UK

Everything is back to normal on the tube. Except of course I get stared at a lot more than before Thursday. Of course I am Muslim, have a long beard and carry a bag. Can't blame people really - after all the people in charge and the media are happy to tar everyone with the same brush. I'd be frightened too, had it been some other group. We were victims too but now we have to worry about both the terrorists and the people around us. Already there is a backlash against us. I was impressed with the way Londoners behaved during the tragedy and afterwards. We shouldn't let these people, whoever they are, bring us down.
Saiful Alom, London

I've been living in London for a year now, and yesterday was the first day I've had to wait 20 minutes to get a taxi in Gray's Inn Road - on a Sunday morning! But obviously I understand everybody, that's why I initially avoided the tube and bus myself. On the way back home, though, I took the challenge and got on the bus again. And, unsurprisingly, it went fine.
Arne, London

There seemed to be many more people on the roads
Helen, London
I caught the bus as normal this morning, but instead of half an hour it took an hour and a half. Edgware Road was stationary for long periods. There seemed to be many more people on the roads, with more cyclists than normal. I'll just allow more time tomorrow and walk a bit further. There is simply no alternative. This is where I live and this is where I work.
Helen, London

Everything that I have seen shows that Londoners are getting on with life, it is the only way to show the terrorists that they will not win. My parents both in their late 70's went to the Mall yesterday, in celebration of the end of WW11 and although they were more vigilant of others they were not worried at all and neither were we. I have bought a pencil torch for my key ring and have keyed in the details of my next of kin on my mobile phone. You programme this under ICE - In Case of Emergency and provide the details. Both of these things are good practice for us all to do!
Tess, London

Things are getting back to normal, I work next to Centrepoint so am nearby to Russell Sq. When on the tube, Thursday crosses your mind, but you have to get on with it!
Dave, London

This City survived the Blitz, it will get over this
Pablo, London
I have worked in the City for 14 years and things are normal. I just came back from a lunchtime stint at the gym and it was packed. The pubs by the river are heaving. The sandwich shops have their normal queues. In our dealing floor, it's back to business as usual. This City survived the Blitz, it will get over this.
Pablo, London

I work from an offshore development centre supporting financial services business in London. I see that there is a little drop in business activities as of Monday. I feel people are a bit shaky at the moment. But I know the city will soon be back to its normal vigil. "Londoners, the world is with you in the war against terror".
Anirban, Delhi, India

I was at Kings Cross on another tube when the bomb went off. I had to walk out of the station with the victims. It was horrific seeing so many injured. I did go to work today, but decided to walk all the way. From the Elephant and Castle to the Angel...I will be walking home too! Life is too short...I will walk everyday from now on!
Anjie, London

A friend and I went to put some flowers in Russell Square at lunchtime today. We were surprised by the number of people who were having their lunch in the square, normally as if it's just another day, only a few metres away from where people have been laying their tributes.
Karen Young, Slough

Today was my first day back after the terrorist attacks. I would not have attended work Friday even if my office in Tavistock Square was open, I felt personally I needed that long weekend to come to terms with this terrible tragedy. I felt more nervous as my train approached London this morning. Everyone seemed very shifty, looking at one another, trying to suss each other out. The presence of two policemen on my bus highlighted the fact that it will take some time for London to get back to normal completely. As I have to walk through areas around Tavistock/Russell Square and pass through police tape to enter my building, I think it will be a while before my nerves are more settled.
Joanne Ballantyne, Crayford, Kent, UK

It seems to me as though Londoners and the UK as a whole are just standing up and taking it on the chin, trying to get back to normal and sending a BIG message to the people responsible for the attacks, 'No matter what you do, we will triumph' It's at times like this I feel very, very proud to be British.
Wayne, Reading

I would totally disagree with a lot of the comments on this page. Coming into work from Stratford on the Central Line this morning was like any other morning. People were packed into the train at 8.30am, jostling for seats and pushing each other out of the way. For once, I was pleased by the general bad behaviour of other people on the tube, as it meant that things really are back to normal.
Lisa, London

What I want to know is why mobile phones are going to be able to be used on the tube before too long, when that is the way the bombs in Spain were detonated? Bad idea.
Bronwyn, London, UK

There is certainly tension in the air
Sara, Hertfordshire, UK
I think that London is slowly getting back to business. There is certainly tension in the air though. Personally, I'm very scared. I was boarding a bus outside Euston last Thursday when the no. 30 blew up. That boom still haunts me and I keep thinking how lucky I am that it was diverted, or it could have been next to me. My journey by bus into work this morning took ages, the traffic was awful around Kings Cross. I will not be stepping foot on the tube again in the foreseeable future as I just can't face going down there. I can't help thinking that last Thursday was only the beginning of something much bigger.
Sara, Hertfordshire, UK

It felt a wee bit funny getting on the tube at Canary Wharf this morning, slight worry in the air. People looking at each others' bags suspiciously etc. However it's clearly not that off putting as I still had a pretty sardinetastic journey. Quite Monday morning travelling, Ha! Chance would be a fine thing.
David Galloway, London

Since Thursday I've been walking around London more than usual, instead of taking the tube. I'd almost forgotten what an amazing city we live in!
Phil Ford, London

I will carry on as normal as soon as I get back into the City
Damian, Brentwood, UK
I work in Aldgate House and we still aren't being allowed back into the building (Monday). We can go back to work tomorrow and I will carry on as normal as soon as I get back into the City.
Damian, Brentwood, UK

I travelled across London on the tube this morning (as I do every working day). I had no problems and saw no terrified faces. The place is not a ghost town or at least wasn't when I queued for my lunch here in W1. I am certainly not terrified, only a little disappointed that the weekend ended all too quickly (again).
TR, London

My son and his wife are in London at the moment, as tourists. They decided NOT to cancel their trip and I'm very proud of them for doing so. They say it's quieter than usual but by no means deserted. They are choosing to walk or take taxis rather than the tube though, just because it feels uncomfortable knowing there are still people down there. As for me, I cannot get the old song "maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" (which I am) out of my head these days. Good luck and God bless to all Londoners.
Rita Kitto, Geneva, Switzerland

Friday was much more quiet - but those still out to work had an air of defiance about them. People held their heads high and although obviously tense, they seemed proud to not let these criminals disrupt their day. Today the roads and buses seemed back to usual, packed and with passengers chatting. London will not be beaten.
Sarah G, London, UK

I've been nervous on public transport for years now - since Thursday my awareness of our vulnerability has obviously intensified and I feel very on edge, but also guilty for feeling so because everyone's insisting we "act normally" and "don't give in to the terrorists". It makes me feel like a coward, when in fact it's a perfectly normal reaction. Other people seemed quite jumpy - sudden noises were causing more visible reactions in people than normal. As much as it appeals to simply ride a bike to work, I keep reminding myself that statistically it's a far greater risk, and I have to just get on with it, but I feel as uncomfortable as I normally do on planes, having to psych myself up for the journey.
CMS, London

Let's hope they'll do everything they can to find the attackers
Lisa-Maria Hoscher, London
I am still terrified. I am Austrian and have lived in London for 10 months now. I've never experienced anything similar and I am tense all the time. My boyfriend has to cross London by tube from Seven Sisters to Hounslow every day to go to work. He said that this morning the situation was normal as ever, but I am not so sure. On Friday night I took the Victoria Line from Seven Sisters to Green Park and all you could see were terrified faces and people being incredibly tense. When the tube approached King's Cross I got a bit scared. Let's hope they'll do everything they can to find the attackers and to make London a safe city where everybody can live his/her life in peace.
Lisa-Maria Hoscher, London

To say the City is like a ghost town is complete rubbish! The sandwich shops, cafes and pubs of the city seem to be just as crowded as any normal Monday lunch time.
Julia Hobbs, Billericay, UK

I have just been to lunch (I work by St Paul's) and everything looks normal to me. The pubs are full and people are out enjoying the sunshine. Everyone looks very relaxed - normality has returned.
Mike Wilkins, London, England

I would like to congratulate the way London has stuck together and will not give in to terrorists - they have picked on the wrong country.
Zak (14), London

I work in zone 1. On the tube this morning, I had decided that today would be a normal day, but I was reminded of what happened on Thursday. The Central Line from Stratford to Bank was almost empty, in every carriage there were seats. Normally at 7am all the seats are full and people are squashed into the carriages. Not this morning though.
Aaron, London, Stratford

For the last 3 years I've got a bus to and from work, and got on my first one this morning following Thursday's attacks. I must admit I felt totally uncomfortable, and will now walk everyday, despite it being 4 miles in each direction.
Adam, London

We just had a security alert in Whitehall near where I work, but it was over really quickly. People are dealing with things efficiently and without fuss.
Helen, London

I came in as usual on the overland to Charing Cross both on Friday and today. It was very quiet on Friday but totally back to normal this morning. The only thing that made it different was the 12 police officers patrolling Charing Cross and carrying out random bag searches which I found quite comforting. Still nervous but we have no choice but to get on with it.
Anna, London

The city is like a ghost town
Edward Hutton, Brentwood
I've just been to get my lunch and the city is like a ghost town. People may or may not be at work but they are certainly not out enjoying the sunshine!
Edward Hutton, Brentwood

As a Bloomsbury resident, Kings Cross, Russell Square and Tavistock Square are just minutes from my home. Hearing the sirens and helicopters all weekend has been unsettling, as has walking past the screened off streets on the way to work. The feeling of being threatened, being in danger and under attack, has certainly left a frisson in the air.
Ben, WC1

Liverpool St/Moorgate and the transport lines seem all back to normal, the train was packed and late this morning so must be near normal! London will survive.
Sinead, London

I used the Piccadilly line this morning to get to work, and was on edge the whole journey. I was horrified to note that LUL made no security announcements to remind people to keep their bags with them. As I was travelling west towards Heathrow, I saw plenty of cases and bags which were, apparently, unattended.
Claire, London

It was more crowded than it has been in a long time
Jane, London
I take the bus to and from work in Central London. There were few passengers on Friday, but today it was more crowded than it has been in a long time. Perhaps the fear of being involved in an incident underground has provoked tube goers to ride the bus, or perhaps more car drivers wanted to send a message of defiance by using the public transport system. I'm hoping for the latter!
Jane, London

I returned to the tubes again this morning, Friday was a difficult day. All including myself were vigilant then. Today, more people on the trains, what was noticeable was that people were leaving behind their newspapers again. Please pick up your rubbish...
Ketan Patel, London, UK

How bizarre travelling was this morning. The Jubilee Line was packed - as usual - but everyone seems quieter, dare I say it even more polite!! For the past two weeks I have literally been tripping over the police patrolling Canary Wharf station - this morning at 8.50am - not one!!!! That makes me a whole lot more nervous.
Angela Parker, London, UK

I've been planning to move to London and put in 3 more job applications the day after the blasts. I may look at other commuters with extra care for odd behaviour because of this, but I will not cower or give up freedoms because of it. They are wasting their time here.
Denise Channing, Norwich, UK

Of course London's getting back to business! Our grandparents had WW1, our parents had WW2, many of us have lived with the IRA attacks, and now modern-day London is facing its own Blitz. Londoners will never be cowed by fanatics of any type!
Sue Hudson, London, England

It's totally back-to-normal! I cycle to work every day, and drivers were back to their usual aggressive, idiotic ways! Reassuring!
Chris, London

It would be easier to get back to normal if weren't constantly told to "get back to normal". Everybody will, but at a pace that suits them.
Steven, London

What choice do we ordinary Londoners have? If we want to keep our jobs and get paid, we need to travel, whether we like it or not. What we don't need are politicians like Tony Blair, who have no need to travel with the general public and who have tight security to protect them.
JFM, London, UK

As we "get back to business" I was reflecting what a large debt of gratitude we owe to all the emergency services. Men and woman from all the support services, from those on the "front line" who unquestioningly answer our call, to the people who will for months and years work with those who have been affected by this atrocity. As a society we should, in this moment, be mindful of the momentous service that they give to us in our time of need.
Mike Visagie, Manchester

Life goes on and travelling to work on the tube will continue
Natalia Blanchfield
I was quite anxious this morning, particularly when we passed certain stations. I travel in from South Woodford on the Central Line. I was scanning around to see what people were wearing and carrying. It's so sad I feel the need to do this but I need to go to work, to pay the bills. Life goes on and travelling to work on the tube will continue, even if I am scared.
Natalia Blanchfield

I think it's disgraceful that we are encouraged to 'get back to normal'. People like Tony Blair and 'The Queen' don't have to travel on public transport so of course they will say use the train as usual - what threat are they under? People need to deal with this in their own time. My cousin was there and he said it was like scenes from the 2nd World War. The thing that was remarkable was the camaraderie between all races, religions and genders. Let us be and grieve in our own time.
Laura Green, Romford, Essex

United we stand, divided we fall. The fact we are all back at work today and making sure that London remains open for business is the best sign we could give that they cannot frighten or intimidate us. We are stronger than them and will overcome.
MH, London, UK

Good to see that things have got back to normal very quickly, maybe this will send the message to terrorists that Britain will not bow down to them. In Leeds, the security alert at the bus station came to nothing, but even luggage areas on buses are now cordoned off. No-one is taking any chances.
Paul, Leeds

Business never stopped for me. I work in the rail industry and we kept trains running into Waterloo all day and every day. I travel by train everyday and there didn't seem to be any fewer people today - I still had to stand! People are more vigilant, one asked for a discarded food carrier bag to be removed on my train this morning even though there was nothing in it. There is a noticeable increase in the numbers of police on Waterloo Station today.
Terry, Epsom, Surrey, England

I have to laugh at the suggestion that Londoners are sending out a "defiant message" to the terrorists by going to work. I know I'm not. For me it's simply a case of go to work or be out of a job.
Martin, North London

A lot more people on bikes this morning
Cordelia, London
There seemed to be a lot more people on bikes this morning. I cycle to work everyday, and was surprised that I was overtaken by at least 30 people today. Usually it's only 10.
Cordelia, London

The return to normality will be a slap in the face to the terrorists. However, Londoners need to re-assess our habits on the tube. No longer can we stand there in silence minding our own business. We need to be vigilant and communicate with each other so no other packages, either bombs or accidental false alarms, are left unattended in the carriages.
Maz, Essex

I was back on the trains and tubes on Friday for work and although they were unusually quiet, it was good to see quite a few people heading into the City. Having said that, it was noticeable that people were anxious, with everybody eyeing each other and their bags quite openly. This morning, the Jubilee Line was absolutely jam-packed and I had some guy's sweaty armpit practically in my face and someone else's rucksack in my back, so I think it's fair to say that, for many, it's business as usual.
SC, Croydon

It's been a weird weekend. On Friday and Saturday bomb alerts closed Elephant and Castle interchange, and people seemed nervous. This being said, myself and several friends LOVED travelling on the Tube this weekend. It was much quieter than usual and I even had a pleasant experience changing trains at Bank. An unexpected bonus from the fear! Most people I know have reacted with a stoic humour; making the most and adapting.
Marc, London

The journey to work today was just like it was last Wednesday - overland train and tube. Friday's journey was much the same although with fewer people around. I'm expecting the journey home to be much the same as last week as well.
John B, London, England

My cousin works in London and though she can get to her work without using the Tube, she has deliberately avoided travel since Thursday. Speaking to her today, she feels a sense of annoyance at being told to 'get back to normal'. She thinks people need to deal with last week's events in their own time.
Michelle, UK

I was impressed, both today and on Friday, to see how well the tube was running. The staff there take a lot of flak sometimes, but they have really pulled all the stops out to make life go on as normal, and they deserve our congratulations. As far as life going on is concerned, instead of having yet another pointless concrete or bronze or stone memorial, why not send donations to the charities set up to assist former members of the emergency services who have fallen on hard times. Let's do some good from this, and not make another empty gesture.
Bryan, London, UK

If all the selfish idiots driving into Central London would let us get "back to business" by not clogging up the streets so much that no one can get anywhere we could carry on much easier.
Lisa, London

I get the Jubilee line from London Bridge to Westminster every morning. On Friday, it was eerily quiet, with some of the compartments almost empty. This morning, however, it was completely back to normal. If not for the extra police in the station, you wouldn't even suspect that anything had happened.
Oliver Mulvey, London, UK




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