A-Plant, the equipment hire company, recently helped to strengthen safety and security during The Mayor of London’s New Year celebrations.

To keep members of the public safe from overcrowding, Live, the temporary access specialist, deployed 5,500 barriers, seven kilometres of Heras fencing and 100 hoarding panels across the capital. Live also deployed five crews who were on hand throughout the evening to ensure barriers were in place as and when they were required.

Mark Fisher, head of contract sales at Live, said: “Every year, over 100,000 visitors travel to London to enjoy the city’s annual firework event and we were absolutely thrilled to be asked to provide a crowd control system for such an exciting event.Our equipment was also used the following day for London’s New Year’s Day Parade and the client was very happy by how smoothly both events were handled.”

A-Plant Lux, the hirer of portable traffic signals and a supplier of temporary traffic management, also helped to assist with pedestrian management, supplying 29 variable message signs ahead of the New Year celebrations.

Signs were installed over three days prior to New Year’s Eve and located near to key firework viewing areas including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and along the embankment as well as key access points leading in and out of London.

Each sign held 77 messages and Michael Baird-Parker, regional operations manager for A-Plant Lux, worked alongside the client on the evening to ensure that the correct messages were being displayed. He said: “It is an honour to have been asked to provide equipment for a fifth consecutive year and also a reflection of the company’s continuing commitment to excellence and innovation.”