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Terrorism on the tube? Don't ask me

By Dan Kuper   June 2004

The London Underground response to terrorism is not a raft of training and evacuation exercises, nor a deployment of gas masks and tube marshals as in the US. The underground’s response to terrorism appears to be roughly equivalent to its response to the Argentinian economic crisis.

I can dimly remember a piece of paper that turned up one day at my station, the message being that if you happened to notice on your CCTV screens that a lot of people on the platform were lying down with no obvious cause, the thing to do was not to go downstairs and…

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