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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Event: Information and FAQ

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New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year in South Bank, and a crucial night for many of our businesses. However, due to logistics surrounding the New Year’s Eve Firework Event, access to businesses may be affected by pedestrian restrictions or road closures.

To ensure our businesses encounter as little negative impact as possible and are fully aware of the logistics of the night, please find below contact information, links to detailed access maps for residents and businesses, alongside further information on all available routes and planned route closures.

If you would like complete details of pedestrian/vehicle access and routes available to businesses, please email BID@southbanklondon.com.

What preparations will be happening earlier in the day?

At 16:00 Waterloo Bridge will be closed to pedestrians, however a free bus service will continue to run.

From 17:00 pedestrian restrictions begin on South side of the river: security will sweep and secure the area to prepare for the event.

This will include:

  • Belvedere Road (Jubilee Gardens)
  • Chicheley Street
  • York Road

From 19:00 Waterloo Bridge will be closed to vehicles and there will be no access by any means.

At 20:00 pedestrian restrictions begin around the event area.

What are the key times for the event?

20:00 – Entrance gates open for ticket holders
21:00 – Live entertainment starts
00:00 – Firework Display
00:11 – Auld Lang Syne and light entertainment until 00:45

As soon as the event is finished, the event areas will be begin to be cleared in order to start the clean-up process. Jack Morton, the event organisers, alongside the local councils aim to have these areas returned to normal by 06:00 on January 1.

How will businesses in restricted areas be impacted?

All businesses within a restricted event area open on New Year’s Eve – like pubs, restaurants, theatres and hotels – have been able to request access wristbands for their guests. Businesses are advised to make sure your customers are aware the restrictions in place on the night, and that they are informed the recommended route to access the restricted event area where your business is located.

What will wristband access provide me and my customers with?

Wristbands DO assist with access to your property and your movements in the immediate vicinity, in areas that are closed off to the public. Your wristband will be unique and serial numbers will be recorded next to each request.

They are not tickets to view the fireworks and wristbands do NOT provide access for vehicles. They will also not provide access to event areas other than specified.

What safety precautions can I take when distributing my wristbands?

We recommend documenting serial numbers against bookings. Consider too who you’re giving wristbands to – they may not be required until 7pm.

For safety precautions, caution is advised for early afternoon bookings for large numbers. Similarly, it is recommended to take full payment and avoid taking cash payment over the counter.

Complete details of pedestrian/vehicle access, the quickest route to businesses and further information on wristbands are available to businesses: please contact BID@southbanklondon.com

For further details on how businesses and residents will be impacted, please visit www.london.gov.uk/nye/businesses-and-residents; if you have further questions, please contact the BID or NYE@jackmorton.co.uk (the event organisers).