London s Blackfriars Bridge has become an absolute shambles with thousands of cyclists being forced to squeeze through one lane due to security barriers put in place following recent terror attacks, groups have complained. Photos from the bridge early on Tuesday morning showed long queues as cyclists passed through the barriers, which authorities have been criticised for putting too close together. City Cyclists wrote on Twitter that the barriers on the bridge, which is on the route of Cycle Superhighway 6, are a good idea but they ve made the bus lane unusable + bike highway and footway way over capacity .
It added that cyclists had no issue with the barriers but they need to be done properly . The barriers were also installed at Lambeth, Waterloo and Westminster bridges following the London Bridge terror attack1 that killed seven, on June 3, and the Westminster Bridge attack, on March 22, that resulted in five deaths. Transport for London (Tfl) has been accused of making it safer to cycle on the road again on Blackfriars Bridge and the BBC s Tom Edwards tweeted that they had caused an absolute shambles .
He added: Barriers are put in by the Met with little consultation . City Hall says it is working to improve them short-term & for long term solution. Video from the bridge on Tuesday showed cyclists having to slow down before entering the barriers in single file as TFL officials watched on. Cyclists expressed their frustrations on social media.
One wrote: Four traffic officials needed to man new security barriers on the cycle highway over Blackfriars . People are going to get hurt when it s busier. While another implored London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Tfl to move the barriers further apart. A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign told the Evening Standard2 the barriers had created a real safety risk as they forced riders into quite fast traffic .
These barriers had to go up very fast indeed .
We hope that something can be done to modify or change them to provide security and not make things worse for cyclists, the spokesperson added. A TfL spokesperson directed HuffPost UK to the Metropolitan Police for comment, but added: The Met has installed barriers to increase security on London s busiest bridges.
We are working with them to ensure that these barriers affect cyclists and pedestrians as little as possible, while ensuring the security of all road users. The spokesperson said he was not aware of any complaints concerning other bridges where security barriers were put in place.
The Metropolitan Police have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond. Police, TfL, and council officials have faced serious questions over why barriers were not installed immediately after the terror attack in Westminster that saw Khalid Masood plough into four pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death. The method of attack was replicated on June 3 on London Bridge, before the three attackers then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
Parliament security chiefs working with cops on training programme for MSPs and staff on handling suspicious packages
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MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month
HOLYROOD security chiefs are working with cops on a training programme on suspicious packages for MSPs after a spate of recent scares. An MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month with suspect packages in the mail.
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MSPs were put on alert1 after three items were delivered to SNP MP John Nicolson s office, a party base and an Angus Council building in 24 hours. Security officials at the Scottish Parliament sent advice to elected members after one of the packages was sent to the constituency office of Nicolson2 on Tuesday, May 25.
Now they are working with police to develop special training for MSPs and their staff on mail handling and suspicious packages.
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A Holyrood spokesman told the Scottish Sun: Parliament security staff are currently working with Police Scotland to develop a training package on mail handling and suspicious packages. Two days after the incident at Nicolson s office, cops revealed officers were scrambled to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and to the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, Fife after packages were delivered there. Two packages containing white powder were also delivered to an Angus Council building in Forfar.
The Municipal Buildings on Castle Street were closed off despite police saying the package poses no immediate threat to the public.
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The contents of the package were described as white powder type substances and are related to the upcoming snap election in June. Cops have launched a major probe into the incidents. An email from Holyrood head of security Becky Thomson was circulated around MSPs with advice from cops.
In the email, she said: Dear Members, between Tuesday and Wednesday, three suspicious mail packages containing a white powder type substance were sent to an elected official, a political party headquarters and a council building.
All packages were associated with the forthcoming UK general election . Police Scotland s enquiries into this matter are ongoing.
We enclose a letter from Police Scotland with some further advice regarding mail handling, suspicious packages and indicators of white powder .
We would be grateful if you would take the time to review this information and discuss with your local office staff . The same information has been issued to all elected representatives across Scotland.
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In the context of heightened terror threat in the last few weeks and football coming directly in the firing line when the Borussia Dortmund team bus was attacked six days ago, fans can have few complaints with greater security outside stadiums to ensure their protection.
Manchester City were recently criticised after increased security measures at the Etihad Stadium have left fans queuing outside on numerous occasions, but the price to pay for safety can never be too much.
And it is because of that video footage of a security guard conducting what can only be described as less than thorough searches on people outside White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth has gone viral.
In the video posted online by Twitter user Colin Rowland that has been retweeted by 8,800 others at the time of writing, a guard is seen barely even making contact with numerous fans as he conducts a very brief version of the usual pat down procedure.
That’s not to suggest there should be rigorous and invasive frisking of every supporter who enters every football stadium, but it would have incredibly easy for any one of those people to conceal a dangerous item and smuggle it into the stadium.
In a world where literally anyone could be a terrorist wishing to inflict damage and hurt on their fellow humans, it would be comforting to know that security and safety is being taken as seriously as possible.