Parsons Green often left ‘without a single member of staff ,’ Morning Star can reveal
PARSONS Green station was staffed by just one person on the day of last week’s terrorist attack and is sometimes left without any Tube staff at all, according to a union source.
A single member of staff was signed in at the station in south-west London on Friday when 30 people were left injured after a bomb exploded during rush hour, the source claimed.
“The station is also unstaffed for large amounts of time,” they told the Star. “At the most there are two members of staff at the station.”
The source argued that, although they are not required to, all London Underground stations regardless of size should be staffed by a minimum of three people.
Many of those injured were crushed by panicked passengers during the “uncontrolled evacuation” of Parsons Green station.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said yesterday that it is not possible to keep the British public safe “on the cheap” as she voiced concerns about resources and cuts to police.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast she said: “It is the f fth attack and it is concerning and there are issues about resources and the sustainability of person power when it comes to responding to these attacks.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd accepted there had been cuts to police numbers but insisted that more savings could be made as police have £1.5 billion in reserves.
However the union source said: “This is not just about cuts to policing but cuts to wider transport staff and emergency services.”
Train unions RMT and TSSA have led campaigns against huge staff cuts by Transport for London (TfL) which they say have left stations across the capital understaffed and unsafe.
Police have so far arrested two men following the incident, an 18-year-old man in the departure area of Dover ferry port and a 21-year-old man in Hounslow.
Ms Rudd said it appeared the bomber was not a lone wolf but it was “too early to reach any final conclusions on that.”
The terror threat was lowered from critical to severe yesterday following the arrests of the two men.
However assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, said armed police will maintain a strong presence across the country into next week.
Ms Abbott urged passengers not to be alarmed by the extra police at stations because “that’s what the terrorists want to do, they want to scare and disrupt our society.”
TfL had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.