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South Bank Patrol Praised by Lambeth Borough Commander for Response to Westminster Terror Attack

15 May 2017

South Bank Patrol were thanked today by Lambeth’s Borough Commander for their role in Westminster attack, at a commendation event held at London’s historic County Hall.

South Bank Patrol officers were on duty at 3.41pm on 22 March and close to Westminster Bridge, when the attack started.  Two members of the team were among the first people to arrive at the scene, helping the injured, cordoning off the area, sending curious and confused pedestrians off the bridge and liaising with all the security and emergency services.

Speaking to South Bank Patrol Officers today, Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Lambeth’s Borough Commander, praised the team for their quick response on 22 March. He also commended them for their daily contribution to making South Bank a safer neighbourhood and visitor destination.

“South Bank Patrol were some of the first people to arrive at the scene, they acted quickly and calmly in a chaotic situation where members of the public and professionals can often struggle to think clearly.  We are very grateful and commend the speed and selflessness with which they acted.”

Addressing the Patrol Team’s role in South Bank, Richard Wood added: “most people take community safety for granted, South Bank Patrol is a service that is now vital to South Bank life – for businesses, visitors, residents and employees”.

Govert Deketh, London Marriott Hotel County Hall General Manager and Chair of South Bank BID added:

“The London Marriott Hotel County Hall immediately recognised the need for a base and offered the hotel as an operational triage centre for the Patrol and Met Police.  The nature of this event demonstrates how well people and organisations pull together and collaborate. The London Marriott Hotel County Hall is a member of South Bank BID, and we highly value the work the South Bank Patrol have done for the last nine years”.

 South Bank Patrol is managed by South Bank Employers’ Group and funded through the South Bank Visitor Management Group – a public-private partnership of the major organisations in South Bank and Lambeth Council. Revenue for the service is generated from London Eye Section 106 revenue contributions, private contributions from South Bank Businesses and South Bank Business Improvement District (BID).

The Patrol team’s work is part of a vital network of security and safety services – provided by the same financial mechanisms and managed by South Bank Employers’ Group. This network includes a Met Patrol Plus team, and an Enforcement Officer, on secondment from Lambeth Council.

The South Bank Patrol Team works in collaboration with South Bank Business Watch – an innovative and highly effective group of security managers of South Bank organisations, meeting bi-monthly and reporting activities to Visitor Management Group and South Bank Partnership.

The work of the Patrol Team is coordinated and managed by Neil Haggertay, Head of Security, and Alex Valenzuela, Director of Public Realm, both at South Bank Employers’ Group and South Bank BID.

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South Bank Organisations Join Forces to Respond to the Government's Proposed Business Rates Increase

28 Oct 2016

South Bank Employers' Group, South Bank BID and South Bank Partnership joined 20 + additional business organisations in London, in a joint submission responding to the Government’s consultation on the 2017 Revaluation and transitional relief. 

All three bodies signed the joint submission, which had support from The Mayor, London Councils, Lambeth Council, Westminster City Council, ten major business associations, including the Federation of Small Businesses, and 29 BIDs representing over 16,000 businesses of all sizes throughout London.

The submission was covered in the Evening Standard on 27thNovember and can be seen in full here 


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Sadiq Khan brings the Night Tube to South Bank

7 Oct 2016

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Officially Launches 24h Jubilee Line Service today​​

This morning, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan officially opened the 24-hour Jubilee Line at Waterloo station amidst much excitement. The service will start tonight, providing links to cultural venues along South Bank and further on to The O2 and Wembley Stadium, as it runs from Stanmore to Stratford.

The Mayor made the announcement on the Jubilee line platform at Waterloo Station, alongside several high-profile business and cultural leaders from South Bank, including Alan Bishop, CEO of the Southbank Centre, Richard Shaw, Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences at the BFI, Alex Bayley, Director of Audiences and Marketing at the National Theatre and Kate Varah, Executive Director at The Old Vic. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "There was a real buzz from when we launched the first Night Tube services in August, and I am delighted that the Jubilee line services are now up and running. Hundreds of thousands of Londoners have already benefited, and it's great news that so many more will now be able to enjoy our world-class cultural venues on the South Bank."

The Jubilee Line is the third London Underground service to go 24-7, following quickly in the footsteps of the Victoria and Central lines. The new extended service will operate across the entire line from today, running every ten minutes.

Alan Bishop, Southbank Centre CEO, said: “We are so pleased to welcome the introduction of the Night Tube to the Jubilee line, which will enable Londoners from all corners of the city to enjoy the cultural offerings of Southbank Centre and our neighbours. Safer and easier travel for London's residents and visitors will allow more people to experience the amazing variety of art, theatre and performance on offer here and see the South Bank Quarter go from strength to strength.”

Nic Durston, Chief Executive of South Bank BID and South Bank Employers' Group said: "The opening of the Jubilee line extension was a galvanising force in the transformation and regeneration of South Bank, and helped to enhance its position as London's cultural heart. The Night Tube will bring further opportunities for Londoners and visitors to enjoy this unique neighbourhood."

The Night Tube is already cutting journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour, and will boost the capital's economy by £77m a year.

London is a 24-hour city, and thanks to the huge investment to modernise the Underground, is in the process of rolling out more 24-hour tube lines to match – no mean feat, as our underground railways are the oldest in the world, with one section dating back to 1863. 

For more information about the opening of the Jubilee line, click here.

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