Parliamentary Estate: Access

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions the Commission has had with the Metropolitan Police on the closure of the Bridge street subway exit at Westminster tube station.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

The Commission has had no discussions with the Metropolitan Police about the closure.

Exit three from Westminster tube station has been closed until 2021 to ensure that works to conserve the Elizabeth Tower can continue safely.

This decision was taken by Parliament’s Strategic Estates Team and the appointed contractor, in close consultation with Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and Westminster City Council. The Parliamentary Security Directorate were also consulted.

Hoardings have been erected to direct members of the public, which will remain in place throughout the duration of the project.

The closure is an additional safety measure for members of the public given the proximity of that exit to the base of the Elizabeth Tower.

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