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Friday 16 August 2013 1.24pm
Anyone know whats going on? looks like some activity to do with TFL again?
Friday 16 August 2013 2.02pm
They are fortifying Palestra with lots of anti-terrorist bollards etc.

Seems crazy that TfL are putting their critical operational control rooms in the biggest most prominent glass box in the area, but there you go.

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Friday 16 August 2013 2.07pm
Great does that also mean TFL are going to pay out to BOMB PROOF my flat which faces it!?
Friday 16 August 2013 7.46pm
No, they are hoping terrorists go for you and not them.
Friday 16 August 2013 9.25pm
Another worry of mine has been that Southwark Council in their obsession with towers wants to make Blackfriars Road into a terrorist target as well as a wind tunnel.

"The gateway to the City of London" but without the ring of steel.
Saturday 17 August 2013 9.25pm
At least it stops the mad cyclists jumping the lights and zooming up Union St... Seriously tho Southwark Council just want to turn Blackfriars into a Mecca of glass boxes, supermarkets and coffee shops. Oh and fill it with two thousand more residents!
Saturday 17 August 2013 10.24pm
This is ridiculous. Every emergency service or should I say critical service, should be based outside London, in undisclosed locations because of the very reason they are doing these works.

In most cases.. it is. As a matter of fact I don't know of any that aren't. What are TFL up to?!
Monday 21 October 2013 5.03pm
Latest from TfL:
Dear sir or madam,

Works around Palestra update

I wrote to you in June to discuss the building improvement works that we are undertaking around the Transport for London offices at Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, Southwark.

I said that the work would start in mid July and be completed in early October, with one- way traffic in Union Street for part of this time. Unfortunately, we have had to extend the programme and the work will not be completed until late November 2013. The arrangement for eastbound-only motor traffic in Union Street with a contra-flow cycle lane will be removed as soon as possible, and we expect this to be at the end of October.

The black plastic wrapping currently installed on the bollards is only to provide temporary protection, and will be replaced shortly with stainless steel covers consistent with the appearance of the building.

We will continue to use fencing and acoustic barriers to reduce noise and visual intrusion this has been so successful that we have had a complaint that no work seemed to be taking place!

I am delighted to be able to say that the tree from Union Street, which we thought was dying, has been relocated and is doing well in its new location.

If you have any comments to make on these works, please contact me at

Yours faithfully,

Luke Howard
Consultation Specialist

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