Metal barriers installed on Trent Bridge following London attacks

Video: Notts County Council has also installed barriers around the cricket ground

Safety barriers have been put up either side of Trent Bridge to protect pedestrians following Government advice in the wake of terror attacks involving vehicles.

The waist-high concrete and metals structure was installed on Wednesday night by Nottingham City Council.

Plastic barriers have also been placed close by on roads surrounding Trent Bridge cricket ground, ahead of the second test match between England Test and South Africa.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend the sold-out, four-day, match at Trent Bridge which starts on Friday (July 14) and is due to finish on Monday (July 17).

The Government has advised councils across the country to install similar barriers around areas where “major events” will take place.

The city council has installed the barriers on the bridge itself, while the cricket ground barriers have been arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council – the boundary between the two authority areas is the eastern end of the bridge.foll

A barrier has also been installed on Radcliffe Road.

Paul McKay, service director at the council, said: “In line with other national events, the safety of the spectators and the public is our paramount concern. What we’ve done is put in some barriers along the pavement.

“The barriers don’t restrict any traffic; they’re a safety barrier for spectators as they enter the ground and walk along the Radcliffe Road area.”

He added the barriers will give spectators “reassurance” and are similar to barriers installed at Lord’s ahead of the the first Test between the two sides.

Mr McKay said: “This area, in particular, is where a lot of the fans will be coming in to watch the cricket in the ground. It [recent events] meant we needed to put them in that place to ensure there is safety for the spectators.”

It follows terror attacks in London and Manchester targeting large groups of people.

In March a lone attacker drove a car along the pavement on Westminster Bridge in the capital, killing four pedestrians, before fatally stabbing a police officer.

And 22 people were killed and 116 injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on May 22.

Then on June 3, eight people were killed in London when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then used knives to attack other victims. Barriers have since been installed on both bridges.

A city council spokesman said: “The barriers have been identified as a national requirement due to the volume of people attending events in the area.”

Notts Police said they have no intelligence to suggest there is a threat in Nottinghamshire.

A force spokesman said: “”We have no specific intelligence at this time to suggest any current threat in Nottinghamshire.”

Notts TV has contacted the Home Office for comment.

 

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