7 July Bombings

The terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005 tested the London Resilience Partnership plans to the limit, as four suicide bombers killed 52 passengers and injured nearly 800 on the city’s transport network.

What happened?

The coordinated attacks hit London’s transport system as the morning rush hour drew to a close.

Three bombs went off at 8.50am on Underground trains just outside Liverpool Street and Edgware Road stations, and on another travelling between King's Cross and Russell Square.

The final explosion was around an hour later on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, not far from King's Cross.

Learning lessons

As with any major incident, the London Resilience Partnership held a multi-agency debrief to identify lessons from the response to the 7 July bombings and how we can improve our response to future incidents. The debrief report can be viewed here.

The lessons identified from the response to the 7 July bombings have been used to update and improve our London Plans.

Coroner’s inquests

Lady Justice Hallett, who was appointed Coroner for the 56 inquests reported on the findings of the inquest in May 2011. The full report of the inquest findings is available. More information on the evidence used and the inquest is available on the 7 July Inquests website.

In her report Lady Justice Hallett made a number of recommendations relating to members of the London Resilience Partnership – the responses to these recommendations can be seen on the 7 July Inquests website.

Other documents and reports