MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Give live interview to LBC on London Underground’s move towards introducing the technology that will allow mobile phones on the tube.
I remember arguing with Tim O’Toole (MD London Underground for Transport for London) when I was still on the London Assembly – and we then came out against them as he could not reassure me about the risks involved following the Madrid bomb – which was set off by a mobile phone. And I had a sneaky suspicion that the risk might be being minimised befause of the very attractive revenue stream that accompanies mobile phones.
However, time has passed. I am more reassured than I was – and on balance the benefits of being contactable during an emergency or even if scared outweigh the fears. Also – as we now know – the Madrid bomb was set off by the timing device – and so didn’t need a signal anyway.
On a personal note however, those bloody ringtones. Now – there really will be no hiding place.