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The Victoria tunnels at Newcastle upon Tyne, for example, completed as long ago as 1842, and used for transporting coal from the collieries to the river Tyne, had been closed in 1860 and remained so until 1939. 12 m deep in places, the tunnels, stretching in parts beneath the city of Newcastle, were converted to air raid shelters with a capacity for 9,000 people.
Originally posted by detachedindividual
And they certainly cannot house every person in every state.
Incidentally, I was told a long time ago that our town in the UK has at least one air raid siren, and I think I know where our closest one is. But I have never heard it tested.
I hear our shopping center evac system go off almost every month, but not the air raid siren.
I know no one would know what it was if they did hear it. But then how would any government ease us into that? It would scare people. I guess they assume that if they ever did need to use it we would already be in a state of war (or knowingly close to it).
I think if any location began routine testing of warning systems it would increase fear publicly and cause headlines like "UK preparing for war!"
That wouldn't be a good thing.