Monday, August 29, 2005


Remember that company that hired Visor Consultants to help participate in exercises involving bombs going off at the same time and place as the ones on 7/7? Found 'em.
All this from a great article entitled "Righting the damage" from New Civil Engineer
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"Tubelines and Metronet are the Underground’s maintenance and upgrade contractors, but unlike Metronet, Tubelines operates the emergency response teams for the whole underground network. As such its staff were responsible for everything from assessing damage to evacuating those caught up in the blasts."

They don't come out and say they were doing an exercise involving bombs. However, this is the ONLY group that would hire Visor, as Tubelines takes care of emergency operations for the WHOLE of the LU. So, not only did this company have people on the ground doing exercises that mirrored the event of that tragic day, they were also the first on the crime scene before the police. Heck, they told the police when they could come in and check the site. Great opportunity to remove any evidence.

“At Russell Square our engineers went in to check the tunnel before any of the police
forensic teams could start. The police couldn’t and wouldn’t put any of their people inside until we had checked that it was safe,” says Peat.

"Next we got the track boys in and they replaced about 30ft of damaged track. The signal team also came in to repair the broken cables, several hundred metres worth. We also had to repair a 22,000KV power cable and both the phone and radio systems were wrecked.”

Sometimes you see pictures of the trains and it seems that the roof wasn't blown off, or the damage wasn't nearly as bad as you thought. This could be explained by the following passage...

"The walls and roof had been blown outwards, and to get the carriages out of the tunnel we had to pull them back in again and fold the roof down. The carriages themselves were then wrapped in a type of large bubbled wrap,” explains Peat.

I wonder if the floor was blown outwards as well...they left that bit out.

I am by NO means implying that Tubelines or it's people were involved in anything at all nefarious. I think it is a possibility that terrorists could have infiltrated Tubelines at some level and used it to their advantage. Let's make that clear. These people were very brave and hard working. It should be remembered that without their actions that day, many more people could have been hurt. Yes, the picture of Tubelines Operations Director Stephen Peat is creepy, but that doesn't mean he's involved. He's probably a very resourceful and competant man. Tubelines rules OK.


Blogger Bridget Dunne said...

I found this re: meeting of emergency workers on 7th July. it is written by Chrisitian Woolmar, a transport journalist who writes for various publications:

Transport Articles :: Public Finance, July 15 2005
Ready for anything: a capital response

"The rapid response was helped by good luck too. At the time the bombs went off, a meeting was taking place of paramedics and others involved in emergency plans and they were quickly despatched to the various sites. Speed is crucial in trauma cases, with the treatment in the first 15 minutes often determining life or death. There was also at the time a meeting of senior Network Rail staff in the Russell Hotel, yards from the Tavistock Square and Russell Square tube station, and, donning their emergency jackets, they were quickly able to help out at the two nearby scenes of bombings, King’s Cross and Tavistock Square."


During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell

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