|New Year's Eve celebrations|
The Mayor of London has again commissioned a New Year's Eve event and firework display by the London Eye following the success of last year's celebrations. Local businesses and residents should be aware of certain pedestrian and traffic restrictions in the area, with major roads being closed from 8.00pm and remaining closed until the crowds have dispersed and the litter removed (around 1.00-3.00pm on 1st January 2009).
Pedestrian access across the bridges will also be restricted. However, pedestrian crossing of the river will be possible from Lambeth Bridge to the west and from Waterloo Bridge to the east.
Waterloo Station will operate as normal. However, large queues are anticipated after midnight on 1st January. Following the event, pedestrian movement will be channelled to direct people south, down Westminster Bridge Road and along Baylis Road in the west and Waterloo Road in the east to enable access to the station up Spur Road only, via Exit 1 of Waterloo Station. Large crowds of people are anticipated in this area as people queue for public transport.
Following concerns raised last year about anti-social behaviour, Leake Street will be closed from 8.00pm re-opening again for the morning. Waterloo Quarter is also liaising with the event organisers to ensure sufficient provision of public toilets in the area, again following concerns raised by local businesses after last year's event.