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7 July response didn't go down the Tube


Your article headed 'TfL accepts part of the blame for slow 7/7 response' (NCE 8 June) is wrong on three important points.

Firstly, we do not 'accept part of the blame'. No lives were lost as a result of our current radio system nor was it a cause of the attacks.

Secondly, TfL staff were certainly not 'slow' in their response to these appalling terrorist attacks. Tube staff were immediately on hand to tend to and comfort the injured and dying until emergency services arrived. Our procedures and training worked and saved lives.

Lastly, our drivers were unable to contact their line controllers due to damage to the communication systems caused by the blasts. We will have the modern radio system, Connect, in place next year, but even a modern system will not stand up to the direct impact of an explosion.

Our training and investment will continue to make sure we run the safest possible service.

The dedication, bravery and effectiveness of our staff on 7 July deserves praise not criticism.

Peter Hendy, commissioner, Transport for London, c/o stephenwebb@t. gov. uk

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