The official timeline of the 7/7 terror attacks is described in detail in the coroner's report. Of interest to anyone who doubts the official version of events are the numerous discrepancies between the official timeline, eyewitness reports and news broadcast as the day unfolded. While undoubtedly it is possible for confusion to reign while events are still unfolding, it is notable that many details are left unresolved by the supposedly definitive official account. It may also be of interest to note that some assertions - such as the first CCTV sighting of the bombers in their car in Leeds at 4am on the morning of the attacks - is not actually backed up by published evidence. If there is clear footage, it is hard to see why stills at the very least were not published along with the report.
That is not necessarily to suggest conscious malfeasance, but at the very least it perhaps indicates that the official report is not as forensic as it is claimed to be.
16th May 2004 The BBC broadcasts London Under Attack A fictionalised account of an unfolding terrorist attack on London transport is broadcast on the Panorama show. The opening lines to the show are eerily prescient of events that would happen just a year later:
"The headlines at 9 o'clock. In the past hour there have been three major explosions on the London underground. The first occurred at 10 past 8 on the Piccadilly line between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park
Corner. The second, at 16 minutes past 8, on the Central Line between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus, and the third at 27 minutes past 8 as a train was arriving at Vauxhall Station in Stockwell on the Victoria line. Emergency services have been called to all three scenes. There are no reports available yet
on the number of casualties, and the police have said that it's too early to identify a possible cause. London
underground is now closed and the police are asking people not to travel."
4th April 2005 Operation Atlantic Blue The UK, US and Canadian security forces undertake a four day training exercise which includes simulated terror attacks on the London underground to test the capital's ability to deal with the aftermath - particularly public transport.
6th July 2005 Was Israel warned in advance? In an echo of the reports that swirled around the USA following the 9/11 attacks, it is alleged that Israeli forces - specifically MOSSAD - knew about the attack. Then Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netenyahu (later Prime Minister) was in London on the day of the attacks, and is said to have rece... Was Israel warned in advance?: in depth
7th July 2005 Tavistock Square Bus Explosion The final detonation of the series of co-ordinated attacks on London transport came almost an hour after the first 3 bombs exploded on the underground network. The number 30 bus stopped in Tavistock square when an explosion ripped through the upper deck, killing the alleged bomber and 14 other passe... Tavistock Square Bus Explosion: in depth
7th July 2005 - 03:58 The bombers leave Leeds A light blue Nissan Micra hired by Shehzad Tanweer is caught on CCTV in Hyde Park Road, Leeds just before 4am. The official report states that it is believed to have been carrying 3 of the bombers, namely: Tanweer, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Hasib Hussain. The Micra is 'close' to 18 Alexandra Grove, which will later be discovered to have been the bomb factory used by the plotters.
7th July 2005 - 04:54 Woodall Services The hire car stops at Woodall Services, where Tanweer buys petrol - dressed in white t-shirt, dark jacket, baseball cap and white tracksuit bottoms. He also buys snacks and engages in a quibble over change with the cashier, before looking at the CCTV camera and leaving.
7th July 2005 - 05:07 Jermain Lindsay arrives at Luton The fourth conspirator arrives at the car park at Luton station in a red Fiat Brava around an hour and a half before the others arrive from Leeds. He leaves his car a couple of times and looks at the departure board.
7th July 2005 - 06:49 The bombers convene The Micra carrying the bombers from Leeds arrives at Luton where they meet Lindsay. They each don a large rucksack, taken from the boots of their cars. The CCTV footage released at the inquest is of extremely poor quality - shot in black and white and at a considerable distance and is further hampered by rainy conditions.
7th July 2005 - 07:15 The bombers enter the station The four enter Luton station. It is not clear which tickets they have purchased, the platforms are accessible only to those with tickets, so it assumed that they had purchased some. Details or proof of these ticket purchases are not presented at the inquest.
7th July 2005 - 07:21 At Luton station The 4 are captured on CCTV heading to the platform for the Kings Cross crosslink train. They are casually dressed, but Tanweer is now wearing dark coloured tracksuit bottoms as opposed to the white ones he was wearing at the service station on the M1. No explanation has been advanced as to why he might have changed his trousers. They are seen on the platform as a train leaves at 7:25, but do not board a train until the 7:40 to Kings Cross departs.
7th July 2005 - 07:40 Board train to Kings Cross The four men board the 7:40 service to Kings Cross.
7th July 2005 - 08:23 Arrive in Kings Cross The bombers arrive at Kings Cross following slight delays on various lines around the capital. The official report states: "The 4 are captured on CCTV at 08.26am on the concourse close to the Thameslink platform and heading in the direction of the London Underground system. At around 08.30am, 4 men fitting their descriptions are seen hugging. They appear happy, even euphoric. They then split up. Khan must have gone to board a westbound Circle Line train, Tanweer an eastbound Circle Line train and Lindsay a southbound Piccadilly Line train. Hussain also appeared to walk towards the Piccadilly Line entrance."
7th July 2005 - 08:35 The Eastbound Circle line train No. 204 leaves King's Cross
7th July 2005 - 08:42 The Westbound Circle line train No. 216 leaves King's Cross.
7th July 2005 - 08:46 First report According to the Evening Standard, the first reports of an explosion on the underground are made.
7th July 2005 - 08:48 The Westbound Piccadilly Line train No. 311 leaves King's Cross.
7th July 2005 - 08:49 First report to emergency services The London Ambulance Service receives the first call reporting a blast.
7th July 2005 - 08:50 The bombs are detonated Three explosions occur almost simultaneously within around thirty seconds of each other between Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations on the Circle Line, between Russell Square and King's Cross stations on the Piccadilly Line, and at Edgware Road station on the Circle Line.