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No anthrax found at Tube station

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Transport for London said there was no risk to the public

Building materials sent for testing after being uncovered during work at a west London Tube station did not contain any trace of anthrax.

Bob Crow of the Rail and Maritime Transport union had said the bar undergoing refurbishment may have been contaminated with anthrax and asbestos.

Part of Hammersmith station was sealed off earlier while Transport for London (TfL) waited for the test results.

It has now reopened and TfL said the union's claims were "scaremongering".

'No risk'

After the materials were found last week Mr Crow said in an e-mail to London Underground: "I have seen the e-mail regarding the possible anthrax and asbestos contamination at Hammersmith.

"RMT health and safety reps have raised with me the inadequacy of the response from LU to this potentially extremely dangerous situation.

"I am e-mailing to request that the station be closed to avoid any potential risk to passengers or staff until such time as your checks and tests have been concluded."

On Wednesday a TfL spokesman said: "Having sent some very old horse hair building materials from Hammersmith station off for testing, we have this morning been advised that no traces of anthrax have been found.

"This procedure is standard industry practice and is a requirement of building regulations.

"The station remains open and suggestions that this site presented a risk to customers or staff was nothing more than scaremongering."

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