Four weeks on, London on high alert
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A massive police presence to deter terrorist attacks and reassure the public was visible Thursday as Londoners boarded buses and subway trains exactly four weeks since a deadly series of morning rush-hour bombings killed 52 commuters and injured hundreds more.
Thursday also marked two weeks since attempted bombings at lunch time contributed to the city's jitters.
Throngs of uniformed and plain clothes officers patrolled the streets, trains, and buses as more than 6,000 police officers were deployed in two shifts.
"It is unprecedented, but equally these are unprecedented times. These are the biggest threats that London has ever faced in peacetime," Andy Trotter, Deputy Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, told CNN in an interview.
"We've got every resource we can possibly find out here on the underground and the overground system today. All the police forces of London are all working together to keep London safe."
"All the police forces of London are all working together to keep London safe."
Service on the city's Underground train system -- used by three million people a day -- was fully restored Thursday with the reopening of the section of the busy Piccadilly Underground line most damaged by the July 7 bombings.
Trains were running again between King's Cross and Russell Square Stations, where one suicide bomber killed 25 commuters. Police have removed all three trains damaged in the July 7 attacks for further forensic analysis.
The number of passengers on the Undergound was down 30 percent on weekdays and 15 percent on weeekends, according to Transport for London.
"We are confident that passenger levels will return to normal," a spokeswoman said. Service suspensions due to the attacks and summer vacations contibuted to the decline, the spokeswoman said.
Police in yellow vests or coats stood at all entries to tube stations, checking some bags and sometimes searching passengers. The sidewalks near Oxford Circus station, usually packed with shoppers and commuters at midday, were not as full.
"The fear is real, but I think people have to go to work. You can't avoid it. You can't stop your life because of this," one commuter said. "I'm not going to let this incident stop my life, and I think people here are very resilient."
Trotter advised tourists to be careful with their bags because unattended packages lead to train stoppages on the Underground system and on buses.
He said officers are tired after working long hours, with days off and vacations cancelled.
"We hope to get back to normality at some stage or other, without a doubt," he said in the interview. "But that will be a new normality. Things will have changed forever in London, without a doubt. We will put in the necessary security for as long as it takes, in order to prevent any further attacks and to reassure Londoners that we're doing the best we can to protect them."
A U.S. State Department advisory Wednesday reminded Americans of "the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad" and encouraged citizens.living or traveling in the UK to register through a government website: https://travelregistration.state.gov.
-- CNN's Chris Burns and Phil Hirschkorn contributed to this story.
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