The capital’s transport system is expected to be under its biggest strain in a decade this weekend, with hundreds of thousands more visitors to the city center for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral or events associated with the last royal voyage.
“The areas around Westminster, Waterloo and Trafalgar Square, as well as along the South Bank, will be exceptionally busy,” Andy Byford, Transport Commissioner for London, said today.
“This will lead to busy services and station closures.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep our city moving and people safe to travel over the long weekend, including canceling all planned engineering work and improving some services.”
TfL has issued the following travel advice.
From today, Friday September 16, until Monday September 19:
Metro services will operate as normal, but some stations will be busier than usual, and some short-term safety measures such as queues, closures, non-stopping, or changes in the way customers entering or exiting a station may be required.
- Green Park station is only out between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. until Monday, September 19, due to the high number of customers expected. Please avoid this station if possible to maintain capacity for customers who require step-free access
- Westminster, St James’s Park, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner stations will have their operations changed on Sunday 18 or Monday 19 September
- Other stations expected to be busier: Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, Waterloo and Lancaster Gate
- Night Tube and Overground will operate normally Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17
- The Elizabeth line will operate a special service with 12 trains per hour on the central section (Paddington-Abbey Wood) on Sunday 18 September to provide more transport options for customers.
- Due to road closures, some buses will stop before their destination, be diverted or run at a reduced frequency. These changes will remain in place until next week.
- Parts of London will be very busy. The Westminster area will be exceptionally busy when ceremonial events take place
- Walks may take longer due to crowds and road closures associated with ceremonies
- Some cycle paths, such as C3, will be impacted by road closures
- Santander Cycles will operate normally, but some docking stations may be closed
- If you are using your own bike and want to leave it in a safe place, cycle parking is available at most Network Rail stations.
- Road closures will be in place throughout the weekend and will increase significantly on the day of the state funeral
- These closures will remain in place until next week
Taxi and VTC
- Taxi and ride-hailing services will be affected by road closures and some taxi ranks will be suspended
- There are a number of temporary rows in place in central London
- Victoria Coach Station will be closed due to road closures in the area. Coaches will be diverted to Hillingdon and Wembley Park
- River services will operate normally
From Tuesday 20 September: There will be ongoing road closures and bus diversions as event infrastructure is removed. This should take several days.
During this time, be sure to:
And for more information, visit the TfL website.