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May 25, 2017

ETOA statement on incident in Westminster


As you may be aware, an incident, which has been described by the Metropolitan Police as “Terrorist” occurred in Westminster this afternoon. Details of what happened are still emerging.

It is obviously a matter of deep concern that people appear to have died, and several more injured. Some of these were visitors.

For those not directly involved, it is important to know the extent of the disruption. There are severe delays around Parliament Square, whose closure has diverted several bus lines. Circle, District and Jubilee Line trains are not stopping at Westminster Station. Boat services under Westminster Bridge are suspended. This is expected to last at least until tomorrow. In terms of visitor attractions both the London Eye and Banqueting House are a currently affected.

Other than this, there is no other disruption.

This incident has to be viewed in context. Anywhere there are cars, fatalities occur. In terms of traffic safety, Britain happens to be a world leader*. The intentional nature of this incident makes it newsworthy. It does not make the UK any less safe. It will still be one of the safest countries in the world to be a pedestrian. It will still be one of the safest countries on earth to visitor.

London remains open.

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