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Notes from underground

There aren't many alcoholics left among London Underground staff. That's good for public safety, but makes it an even more boring place to work

By Dan Kuper   November 2004

The history of the underground can be divided very neatly into two completely distinct periods – before King’s Cross and after King’s Cross. With the exception of the creeping privatisation, most of the changes in working life underground can be related to the fire at King’s Cross underground station on 18th November 1987, in which 31 people died. The Fennel report on the disaster made over 100 recommendations, nearly all of which were adopted. The underground is almost certainly never going to have a severe fire again and even if one were to break out, the staff will not make…

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