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Tube 'still unsafe' after attacks

Bombed tube train
Bombs went off on three different London Underground trains

The Tube remains vulnerable to the threat of terrorrists three years after bombs killed 52 people on the London transport network, said the Tories.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was warned that the network lacks emergency water, first aid equipment and instructions on what to do in the event of an attack.

Patrick Mercer, former shadow homeland security minister told the Home Affairs Select Committee more needs to be done.

Ms Smith said measures have been put in place and others were "ongoing".

'Poor communication'

"Of course I take this extremely seriously. I accept that that is an area, as are others, of potential vulnerability," she said.

The bombings on 7 July 2005 - targeting King's Cross, Russell Square, Edgware Road, Aldgate and Tavistock Square - also injured nearly 800 people.

We continue to work extremely hard with the police and security services to keep the Tube as safe as possible
Transport for London spokesman

A report by the London Assembly found that poor communication and a lack of basic medical supplies hampered the rescue operation.

"On the Tube the underground radio system is still not yet complete. There are no dressing stations," said Mr Mercer told the committee.

"There are no longer any dog patrols. There is no detection equipment... all of which exist to a greater or lesser extent on underground systems in other parts of the world."

But a spokesman for Transport for London said the MP was wrong.

"We continue to work extremely hard with the police and security services to keep the Tube as safe as possible," he said.

Additional CCTV has been installed across the network, with 8,500 cameras now in place. This will rise to 12,000 over the coming years, he said.

He added that water trucks were in place at strategic points around the network and London Underground has well-rehearsed emergency response plans.



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