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Reverse tube cuts to maintain safety

21 October 2016

Responding to the news that A 19-year-old man has been arrested today, Friday, 21 October, under the Terrorism Act following the discovery of a suspicious item on a tube in North Greenwich, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said:

"Once again we are reminded of the real threats now posed to public transport passengers and, in this case, our tube and station staff. I have called for a an urgent security summit with TfL London Underground, unions, British Transport Police, Scotland Yard and the City Hall.

"In the light of yesterday's all too real attack the, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, must immediately restore the cut made last year by George Osborne to Transport for London's operating subsidy which means TfL are trying to make £700 million pounds of cuts by 2020.

"Without reversing Osborne's devastating cuts, it will simply not be possible for TfL managers, or British Transport Police or my members to exercise the levels of vigilance now necessary to keep London open for business and our people and our passengers safe."

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