Countering the threat of terrorism remains a very important
priority. We use an extensive range of tactics to keep the public
and railway staff safe. If you see anything suspicious, call
the Anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
We constantly reassess the methods we use to combat the threat
We have an active security regime in place on the railways and
the London Underground. Generally we disclose as little information
as possible about how we plan to handle specific security
matters, making it more difficult for terrorists to predict
how we will react to threats.
Keeping the public safe
Our goal is to keep the public safe with the minimum amount of
disruption to their journeys. The rail system is normally a very
safe place. We use an extensive network of CCTV cameras, have
dedicated police dealing specifically with the issues of terrorism,
and we work closely with railway staff, briefing them
Rail staff know their environment and can quickly spot unusual
activity or suspicious items. They have instant communication links
and are trained to carry out contingency plans if needs be.
We also ask our passengers to remain vigilant. Over six million
people travel every day, and their eyes and ears across the whole
system provides a surveillance resource that is second to none.
Our officers are equipped to deal with a wide range of
terrorist situations, including a chemical or biological
Since the 7 July suicide bomb attacks in London in 2005, which
claimed 52 innocent lives, we have introduced a range of measures
to guard against the lives of passengers being affected
by terrorism in the future:
- In December 2012 and January 2014 we took part in
Operation Penna, a special initiative designed to increase
awareness of security and counter terrorism in London.
- We've stepped up stop/searches to deter and disrupt
possible terrorist activity.
- We established a programme of community engagement and created
a National Independent Advisory Group, where we could talk to
community representatives, offering advice on our operations, our
policies and how we handle critical incidents.
- Our Special Branch work closely with regional Counter Terrorist
Units all over the country. These units were set up by the Home
Office in 2006 and involve both regional police forces and Security
Service regional officers.
- We have supported trials of passenger screening equipment, and
have trained our officers in a new system of identifying suspicious
behaviour in crowds.
- Our Special Response Unit has received additional training.
These specially trained and equipped officers respond to suspect
packages and other potential terrorist incidents in London 24/7,
minimising disruption to the system.