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Fearing public transport

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Justcallmebabs Wed 05-Apr-17 01:29:05

I've always been a Londoner and used the tube daily as I work in zone 1. I worked up to 38 weeks and would get public transport daily, often with a seat offered from kind fellow commuters. Since having my son (4 months old) I am so fearful about using transport in light of the terror risk. I know thousands of people use the tube daily without any problems but I can't help but think through horrific scenarios which are leaving me unable to sleep at night. My DH simply says I need to work through it and he is right but I don't know how. He feels it might be a sign of PND but I don't feel that I am being irrational. We are on the highest terror alert and the tube has been targeted before. The recent attack has increased my nervousness.

I am due to visit work this week with DS but am lying awake now thinking about it. I don't want to let this beat me. I am also feeling the same about flying. Has anyone felt the same, and how did they overcome this?? I am not normally irrational or nervous. I continued to travel through London when the 7/7 and 21/7 bombings took place. All that has changed is having my little boy

antimatter Sun 09-Apr-17 13:41:43

I can imagine that having your first child brought up worries which you never had to even consider.
I think that driving a car wit ha LO in is statistically greater danger than using a public transport.

SquirmOfEels Thu 13-Apr-17 16:37:16

Have you made your visit now, babs ?

If so, how did it go?

MackerelOfFact Thu 13-Apr-17 16:50:47

It's completely understandable that your perception of risk has changed since you've had your DS. The stakes are higher and your DC is the most precious thing in the world, of course you will worry.

To try and contextualise this risk, there a 4.8 million journeys made on the London Underground every day. It's been more than 4,300 days since the last terror attack on the Tube. That's 1 in 20,630,400,000 journeys (I don't even know how you'd say that number - 20.6 billion?!) that have been affected by a terror attack. That's exceptionally low.

Since the last attack, emergency services have improved procedures and protocols for responding to terror (or suspected terror) incidents. Technology has moved on by a whole decade, and people are altogether better informed and prepared.

Similarly, around 8 million people fly every day. Only a vanishingly tiny minority experience any form of incident whatsoever.

I know that anxiety is not rational, but I hope you find the numbers some comfort. It's not impossible that something could happen, but it's extraordinarily unlikely.

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