New Year’s eve starts with a bang

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For the second year running, people wanting to watch the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations will need a ticket, following a successful trial in 2014. To help those coming from far away, or needing to plan ahead, a limited number of tickets are being released to the public on 19 June, before the bulk of the tickets are released in September.

A limited early release of tickets will be available to the public from midday on 19 June at £10 per person, which covers printing, infrastructure and other costs associated with ticketing.

Ticketing was brought in for the first time last year to help manage ever increasing crowd numbers heading into central London for the spectacular annual celebration. The aim was to reduce numbers to help ensure its long term sustainability as a safe event.

Before ticketing was brought in, hundreds of thousands of people headed into central London, a large proportion of whom were unable to see the display at all. Following its introduction, crowds were estimated at 350,000 – a significant reduction on the 2013 estimate of 500,000. There was also reduced pressure on the emergency services.

“We are planning another stunning display to celebrate New Year and showcase London around the world.” Enthused Boris Johnson, Mayor of London  “As in 2014 you will need a ticket, as part of our efforts to ensure the future viability of the event, but even if you do not have one there will be plenty of fantastic celebrations going on across the capital to help non-ticketholders bring in 2016 with a bang.”

People wanting to find out more and sign up for updates about ticketing and this year’s event should visit the London NYE website at www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/london-nye-2015-fireworks

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