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British police able to use radios in subways

British police able to use radios in subways

British police now have digital radios capable of operating throughout London's subway system, policing minister Vernon Coaker said Wednesday.
London's emergency services systems were criticized after the July 7, 2005 transit system bombings, when mobile phone networks jammed and radio communication from ground level to rescue workers in London's subway system failed.
A 2006 report into the event by the London Assembly said the poor communications marred the response to the attacks, which killed 52 commuters and four bombers aboard three subway trains and a bus. About 700 people were injured.
Coaker said newly introduced technology would let police respond more efficiently to major incidents.
Police forces throughout Britain have used custom-made digital radio handsets to communicate with each other overground on the Airwave network for the last six years. The Airwave network will now "piggy back" on London Underground's digital communications system, which is used to communicate with subway train drivers and other staff.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said the 107 million pound ($155 million) project increases the ability of emergency services to operate on the subway system.


Updated : 2020-12-03 06:05 GMT+08:00