Thursday, March 23rd 2017 at 8:44AM GMT
Lord Carlile has told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that yesterday’s terrorist attack in London was, in effect, made easier by a paint-only cycle lane on Westminister Bridge.
Lord Carlile is a crossbench peer and, from 2001 to 2011, he was the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
Speaking on the news programme at 7am from a radio car on the bridge he said the driver of the 4×4 which mounted the footway and killed pedestrians walking along the bridge had “uninterrupted” access to the footway because of a cycle lane. The attacker then abandoned his car and fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer, a policeman guarding the Houses of Parliament.
Lord Carlile said parliament was “barely penetrated” but that “there may have to be changes in the way we protect parliament and other major buildings.”
He added: “We may have to look at the new traffic arrangements around Westminster, which have changed in the last few months and opened up a wide new cycle lane along which this vehicle travelled uninterrupted.”