Working on 7 July 2005

07 July 2015

Finn Brennan, ASLEF's District 8 Organiser, remembers the terrorist attacks on London's transport system ten years ago:

'No one who was working for London Underground on 7 July 2005 will ever forget where they were at 8.50 that morning. What started as an unexceptional day became written into our collective consciousness when three suicide bombers exploded their devices on trains at Edgware Road and Aldgate and between King’s Cross and Russell Square.An hour later a fourth fanatic blew up a bus at Tavistock Square.

'Fifty-two people were murdered that day and more than 770 were injured. A cross section of a typical morning travellers on London’s public transport system, of all religions and none, many born in this city, others who had come to make their lives here. Their dreams and hopes for their futures were brutally torn away from them by a terrible act of cruelty and injustice.

'There were many heroes that day, the emergency services, of course, and the members of the public who helped the injured and comforted the dying. Among those heroes were London Underground staff, women and men who had turned up that day for just another shift, keeping our capital city moving, and found themselves caught up in a horror they could never have imagined.

'The drivers on the trains where the bombs went off, and those adjacent, did all that was humanly possible in circumstances that they never expected to have to face. Staff came running to help even before the emergency services arrived, risking their own safety,because it was the right thing to do.

'Some of the heroes that day have been deservedly recognised, others probably never will be. Ten years on from that terrible day, we should take time to remember the dead and injured. And also to remember all those whose heroism made us proud of our colleagues and workmates.'

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