Travel alerts for Boston visitors

2013-04-16 12:15

Boston bombings: situation overview

2013-04-16 10:48

Listen to the Boston Police Commissioner give an overview of the situation and see pictures from the scene after bombs killed three and injured over 140 during the Boston Marathon.VIEW

Boston - Security has been increased in several US cities, including New York and Los Angeles, after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring at least 140 others.

TravelMole reports that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned visitors to Boston that there may be disruption to travel, urging them to contact their travel operator for the latest information. It also said they should "exercise vigilance and caution, monitoring local media and following the advice of local authorities".

Visitors can visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website for more information. The police have also set up an emergency hotline for friends and relatives: 001 617 635 4500.

Crisis management company red24 is advising visitors defer travel to the affected area of Boston and warning its clients to exercised particular caution near government buildings, security installations, major transport hubs, foreign diplomatic missions, Western interests, high-profile hotels and crowded public areas.

"Those planning travel in the US are advised to anticipate disruptions to road, rail and air transport services due to the increased security measures," it said.

Boston's international airport remains open, although it said some flights were delayed. Copley Station, closest to the crime scene, is closed today, but all MBTA train services are running.

Visitors to Boston should be prepared for on-the-spot bag searches on the MBTA, said local media.

The Telegraph reports that parts of the city centre around the crime scene, including Copley Square, the Mandarin Oriental, and a long stretch of Boylston St have also been closed off (see map above).

The Boston Police Department said the area around the crime scene would be closed for the "foreseeable future".

The area includes the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower.

Events around the city, including a fixture of the Boston Celtics basketball team, have been postponed.

At an initial news conference, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said authorities had received "no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen".

British police are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon, following events in Boston.

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