Travel advice for Royal Wedding

Published: Thursday 28th April 11

Transport for London has issued travel advice for people intending to visit central London tomorrow (Friday) to take part in celebrations to mark the Royal Wedding.

A large number of people are expected in central London on the day and TfL is working with the Government, Metropolitan Police, Westminster Council and other agencies to ensure that people travelling to and from the area can do so quickly and safely, and to minimise disruption caused by road diversions and closures.

People are advised to check to plan their route and for updates on service changes that may affect journeys.

Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "We are working with our partners to ensure that everyone can get around safely and easily, and that people not involved with the celebrations can continue to move around the city with the minimum of disruption. 

"All Tube lines will be running and our bus and streets teams will be working flat-out to make sure that the closures and diversions needed are managed smoothly.  The whole of TfL is focused on helping to ensure that a great day is had by all."

The following travel information is being given to those coming to the area or intending to travel through central London on the day:


The route of the wedding procession between Buckingham Palace and Westminster includes the Mall, Horse Guard's Road, Horse Guard's Arch, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

These roads and surrounding areas will be subject to road closures and parking restrictions.  Full details can be found on the Metropolitan Police website at:

Planned road closures include:

  Birdcage Walk
  Broad Sanctuary
  Buckingham Gate
  Buckingham Palace Road (north of Lower Grosvenor Place)
  Charing Cross Road (south of Shaftesbury Avenue)
  Cockspur Square
  Constitution Hill
  Horse Guards Road
  The Mall
  Pall Mall (east of Haymarket)
  Parliament Square
  The Strand
  Victoria Embankment
  Victoria Street
  Westminster Bridge

In addition, the Metropolitan Police have advised that a number of other roads may also be closed for parts of the day.  These include, but are not limited to:

  Grovsenor Place
  Hyde Park Corner
  Knightsbridge (east of Sloane Street)
  Park Lane

Road closures will be implemented from 6am on Friday 29 April 2011.  They will be lifted as soon as possible following the events, but road users are strongly advised to avoid this part of central London throughout the day.

Congestion Charge

As the Royal Wedding day has been designated a bank holiday this means that it will be non-charging day.


A Saturday service will be operating and a number of buses in Westminster, Hyde Park, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square areas will be subject to diversions or will finish before their usual destination if they are unable to travel their usual routes through the affected part of central London.  

Bus diversions and curtailments commence at 5.30am and should be removed at 8pm. 

Further diversions may be necessary should road closures be expanded throughout the day.  Extra staff will be on-hand to provide public information and to assist with the diversions.

Bus users are advised to check the TfL website before they travel.


All Tube lines will be running, with no planned engineering work affecting services during the day.

All of the stations close to the route of the procession will be open on the day, including Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo, Westminster, Hyde Park Corner and Green Park.  As normal, station closures and mechanisms to limit stations to entry or exit only may be used if necessary to prevent over-crowding.

The lifts at Green Park are currently being refurbished and will not be available on the day.  The nearest station with a lift is Westminster.

Watford and Croxley stations will not have a train service after 10pm on the evening, although replacement buses will operate.

A queuing system will be in place for access to London Underground station at Victoria.  A similar system may be in place for access to the Network Rail station at Charing Cross.

DLR / London Overground / Tramlink

The Dockland Light Railway, and London Tramlink will operate normal services throughout the day, with no planned engineering work.

London Overground will run full services on all branches, except for on the section between Watford and Willesden Junction, which will be suspended for engineering works.

Barclay's Cycle Hire

A number of Barclay's Cycle Hire docking stations that fall within the road closure area will be suspended on the day. These include the following docking stations:

  Northumberland Avenue - Strand
  Whitehall Place - Strand
  Craven Street - Strand
  Horse Guards Avenue
  Waterloo Place - St James

The suspensions will commence at 8pm tonight (Thursday) and the docking stations will reopen at 8pm tomorrow should the road closures have been lifted and the crowds have sufficiently dispersed.

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Taxis and Private Hire

Black cabs can either be booked in advance or hailed on the street or from designated taxi ranks.  Private Hire (minicabs) can only be booked through a licensed operator.

To get telephone numbers for three local cab companies text 'CAB' to 60835.

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