New Year's Eve fireworks (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4200
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In response to my question 2014/3579 you stated there were an estimated 500,000 people attempting to see the fireworks in 2013 and it was claimed that there has been a consistent increase in numbers attending the New Year's Eve fireworks, yet in answer to a previous Mayoral Question it was stated that in 2007 "The number of people estimated to be in central London for the fireworks on New Year's Eve was 700,000." (Mayoral Question 2008/0291).  How do you explain these differing figures?

Answer

Answer for New Year's Eve fireworks (3)

Answer for New Year's Eve fireworks (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The estimate of 700,000 attendees was a MPS estimate of attendees, their remit on NYE covers a much larger area than the event footprint. 

The event attendance has increased over recent years as evidenced by the growing footprint of the event. For example in 2012, the footprint included working with TfL and Network Rail to manage Blackfriars station and Blackfriars bridge which were not part of the event footprint previously.  In 2012 the MPS also included stewarding and infrastructure around Victoria Station for the first time. In 2013, for safety purposes we introduced a 2 mile diversion walking route around Southwark to get to Waterloo Station.