Creative outlet A BBC drama due to air on 5 July will tell the story of Julie Nicolson, a vicar in Bristol who lost her daughter, Jenny, in the blast at Edgware Road – she was just 24. The programme looks at the crisis of faith Julie experienced in the aftermath. It’s a story that could be repeated 52 times. The 7/7 attacks, and the days that followed it, demonstrated the stubborn, polite resilience of the British public. Martine, for example, went on to compete for Great Britain in sitting volleyball at the 2012 Paralympic Games. For rail staff as well, everything continued as normal. Within a month, LU was operating a normal service across all lines. Although there was post-incident support for staff, it’s an experience that most will never forget. Railway staff are trained to handle fatalities on the line, but nothing could have prepared them for 7/7. In 2007, a number of Tube staff at King’s Cross were given a creative outlet to make sense of what had happened through the King’s Cross Rising art project – a collection of published poems and short stories written by frontline staff. One of the stories, penned by King’s Cross writer-in-residence John Simmons, dealt with the subject of 7/7 directly, reflecting on the memorial and outpouring of grief that followed. He wrote, ‘…the deeper stories burrow away, down in the lives of those most affected, those bearing the personal flowers of grief. But we all have paths to this story. We are all part of its texture. King’s Cross, as ever, is the hub where people and lives intersect.’ It continued, ’No blast of bombs, no tremor or terror, can change the constant flow of common humanity.’ A lot has changed since 2005, both in terms of procedures and technology. Just a few years after 7/7, LU completed the installation of a new network-wide radio system – Connect – to address the communication issues highlighted by 7/7. Additional investment has also been made in staff training. Ten years on, the attacks still frame the debate around security and safety on the Tube. ‘It’s very much to the fore,’ says Richard. ‘It is 10 years ago, but it’s still quite fresh in a lot of people’s minds, and actually there are members of staff still working for the Underground that were directly involved on the day, and you can imagine it was something that was extremely memorable for all of the wrong reasons. ‘It’s something that’s stayed with the organisation even today.’
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