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London ramps up security measures

Hannah Edensor

Travellers to London can expect to see increased security measures following the third terror attack in as many months over the weekend.

Assailants targeted pedestrians on London Bridge in a van, before going on a stabbing spree and terrorising Saturday night revellers in Borough Market.

Four Australians were injured in the attack, with PM Turnbull expressing “very real concerns” for two who remain unaccounted for.

Concrete barricades have been installed to separate pedestrians from vehicles on London’s major bridges, while per Travel Market Report, there will also be “increased physical measures on London’s bridges to keep the public safe.”

Transport for London confirmed that fences were erected on Waterloo, Lambeth and Westminster bridges.

City of London police also said commuters and travellers in London could expect to see an even higher police presence in London, following the re-opening of London Bridge.

London Bridge rail and London underground stations were re-opened yesterday, although commuters advised to avoid because only one exit was open to the public.

“Londoners will see an increased police presence today, and over the course of the next few days,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said. “No reason to be alarmed.

“One of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be. I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world.

“But we always evolve and review ways to make sure we remain as safe as we possibly can.”

Per The Standard UK, Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council, said she believed the barriers on Westminster Bridge should stay in place permanently.

“People in Westminster need this kind of protective measure – it is sensible and proportionate,” she said.

“We are working closely with the Metropolitan police and security services and are happy to assist on measures like planning and traffic management.

“The kind of security barrier now in place on Westminster Bridge needs to be part of a permanent solution,” she added.

Image: The Standard


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