Parking & travel advice for jubilee Sunday

Published: Thursday 31st May 12

Wandsworth will be at the heart of the nation’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend with a huge royal festival being staged in Battersea Park to coincide with the 1,000 boat Thames River Pageant.

Tens of thousands of royal well-wishers are expected to flock to riverside walks, pathways and embankments to witness the river procession, while another 90,000 will be attending the festival in Battersea Park as the nation marks the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

The jubilee celebrations are expected to have a major impact on roads, parking and public transport in Wandsworth over the weekend.

On the advice of the police and event organisers, some residents living in Albert Bridge Road, next to Battersea Park, will not be able to park vehicles outside their homes for much of Sunday, June 3.

For crowd safety reasons, parking will not be permitted between 6am and 7pm in the following sections of Albert Bridge Road:

  • Between the bridge and Parkgate Road on the western side of Albert Bridge Road.
  • Between the bridge and Prince of Wales Drive on the eastern side of the road (the side nearest the park).

Any vehicles parked here between these times are liable to be removed. Residents can use parking bays in neighbouring parking zones over the bank holiday weekend.

Transport for London has also announced that many London bridges between Battersea Bridge and Tower Bridge will be closed to traffic for large parts of the day.

Albert Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from 7am until 8pm.

Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Bridge will be open for pedestrians only throughout. However, they are both likely to be very busy and the river pageant will not be visible from them.

Vauxhall Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge will be open to traffic and pedestrians for most of the day but no-one will be allowed to cross them between 3pm and 5.30pm.

People heading to Battersea, and to other riverside vantage points are being strongly advised to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead.

Overground rail and tube services will both be busier than usual, but are expected to offer full timetables. 

However, the bridge closures and large number of spectators heading towards the Thames on foot mean that many bus routes will either be diverted or will not run their full routes. Buses that usually cross the river between Battersea Bridge and Tower Bridge will not do so throughout the day from 7am to 9.30pm.

People who do need to use their cars can park for free in virtually all the borough's parking bays on Sunday, June 3, Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5.

However motorists should not park on yellow lines on either the Monday or the Tuesday. Yellow line restrictions are always enforced on bank holidays.  

Motorists who obstruct driveways or park unlawfully in specialist bays such as doctors' bays and mandatory disabled bays may also be penalised.

Similarly drivers should not park across dropped kerbs. These are found on virtually every street corner and allow disabled people and parents with pushchairs to safely cross the road. As well as receiving a penalty notice, vehicles that block these locations may also be towed away.

Wandsworth has also been named the street party capital of London, with 233 planned to celebrate this royal milestone. However the residential roads which are staging parties and will therefore be closed to traffic are all minor roads and should not pose a problem for drivers.

Live travel updates will be provided on the TfL website and via TfL's Twitter feed. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/socialmedia for more information.

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