Wednesday 13 December 2017

Barriers installed on three bridges in central London to make city a 'safer place'

Police on horses ride past a security barrier between the road and the pavement on Waterloo Bridge in London, installed in reaction to the recent terror attacks. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police on horses ride past a security barrier between the road and the pavement on Waterloo Bridge in London, installed in reaction to the recent terror attacks. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Neil Lancefield

Barriers have been installed on three central London bridges following recent terror attacks in the UK capital.

The Metropolitan Police positioned the structures in a bid to stop vehicles from mounting the pavement on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridges.

Security at London's 33 bridges was reviewed after the terrorist incidents on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, the force said in a statement.

It went on: "We recognise the public is anxious about security following the terrorist attacks in London, and we want to reassure them that we are taking precautions to make the capital a safe place for people to live, work and visit.

"The barriers are intended to increase security on what are some of London's busiest bridges.

"They are designed specifically for hostile vehicle mitigation and are a national asset used around the UK.

People gather for a vigil at Potters Fields Park in London yesterday to commemorate the victims of Saturday’s terror attack. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
People gather for a vigil at Potters Fields Park in London yesterday to commemorate the victims of Saturday’s terror attack. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

"We are considering the use of barriers and other security measures at locations across London.

"We will not be discussing this further at this time."

Westminster City Council leader Nickie Aiken called for the barriers to be left in place in the long term to boost security.

"People in Westminster need this kind of protective measure - it is sensible and proportionate," she said.

"The kind of security barrier now in place on Westminster Bridge needs to be part of a permanent solution."

Commuters posted photographs of the barriers on social media as they made their way to work yesterday.

Twitter user Andy Silvester wrote: "Not a great sight for Londoners to wake up to. Concrete bollards being installed on Lambeth Bridge."

Commuter Jose Diaz posted: "Waterloo Bridge this morning. They have installed a barrier... Not sure if this makes me feel more or less secure."

Debbie Lye wrote: "Sad to see new barrier on Waterloo Bridge - tho it's for our protection [sic]."

Sam Jones, campaigns co-ordinator at Cycling UK, said that there is "clear concern" among cyclists that the barriers have reduced the width of cycle lanes, making the roads even more dangerous.

Irish Independent

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