Use rail hubs for London travel – trade bodies
Coach trade bodies are strongly recommending coaches do not travel into central London with mourners for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
They suggest using the rail hubs instead due to the extent of the road closures and the potential for more extensive disruption.
The following locations are available and have parking and direct Underground connections to the central area and so are recommended as the most viable option for coaches:
- Wembley (Wembley Park Tube – Jubilee Line) – spaces MUST be pre-booked – 07795 857 422 or [email protected]
- O2 Arena (North Greenwich tube – Jubilee Line) – Spaces must be pre-booked – 020 8463 6718.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Stratford Tube – Jubilee Line) – Pre-booking is advisable – 020 8536 2752
Where drivers are able to drop passengers closer to the central area, those using the accessible queue arrangements in particular, limited parking is available at New Covent Garden Market or Abellio Garage in Battersea. In both cases there is an onward travel route by rail from Battersea Park Station to London Victoria
- New Covent Garden Market, Monday – Saturday – This must be pre-booked [email protected] or 020 7720 2211
- Abellio Battersea – Must be pre-booked – 020 7788 8550
Traffic Restrictions – Westminster
There is no change to the current exclusion zone around Buckingham Palace, currently this covers: Constitution Hill, Buckingham Gate, Birdcage Walk, Horse Guard’s Road, The Mall and Marlborough Road but this will extend into Westminster and Victoria as the day of the Funeral draws nearer.
These roads will remain closed until at least Tuesday 20 September.
The wider area where closures and restrictions could be imposed at any point leading up to 19 September is bounded by Northumberland Avenue, Cockspur Street (Trafalgar Square), Pall Mall, St James Street, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Grosvenor Place, Lower Grosvenor Place, Bressenden Place, Victoria Street, Artillery Row, Rochester Row, Horseferry Road with the River Thames forming the Southern limit of closures. Victoria Embankment from Blackfriars towards Westminster and all routes to Hyde Park Corner.
West London – To allow for the Funeral Cortège from Central London to Windsor
These road closures and their timings are subject to change, but is the position at the present moment:
The A4 East of the A30 will close at 10am – It is likely that the A4 will be shut in both directions from South Kensington all the way to Henlys Roundabout in Cranford, but the timings may be staggered;
- The A30 around Heathrow will close at 1100 – this is likely to be between Henlys Roundabout (Cranford where the A4 meets the A30) and Runnymede Roundabout (where the A30 meets the A308);
- Access to Terminal 4 via the A30 and Hatton Cross will be closed for the duration;
- Both roads will reopen once the procession has passed, local authority has cleared the road and the Police determine it is safe to do so;
- M4 J1-3 will also be closed for a period of time but further details are awaited.
Traffic Restrictions – Windsor
There are already some traffic restrictions and closures in place in and around Windsor, and further extensive closures are planned. Full details of these are still to be notified but will be published on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website.
It should be noted that the coach park in Windsor will be closed on Monday 19 September and that the closure may be imposed from a point during the day on Sunday 18 September. The overflow coach parking and motorhome area is already closed.