TfL “shelving” bridge anti-terror barrier work

Transport for London is reported to be abandoning plans to install permanent anti-terror barriers on bridges in central London because of their cost.

London’s Evening Standard has seen TfL committee papers released ahead of a meeting this week that “several planned projects” will no longer go ahead in 2022/23 due to “the reduced funding available” during the financial year.

It says that among the shelved projects is the installation of permanent anti-terror barriers, which TfL calls Hostile Vehicle Mitigations, on major London bridges.

An inquest following the 2017 London Bridge terror attack concluded that permanent safety barriers should be installed on the eight bridges in central London as soon as possible. The Standard says TfL estimated that this would cost around £35 million.

(Picture – TfL/Flickr/Peter Boolkah)

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