Celebrate The Jubilee But Leave Your Car At Home

Police urge people to use public transport to travel around London

As London celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee many roads across London will be closed to traffic because of royal street parties.

In Merton, dozens of roads could be closed as there have been 62 applications for street closures for parties - with at least 30 of those in the SW19 postcode area.

Many of London's river crossings will be closed to traffic on that day because of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will see a flotilla of more than a thousand boats escorting a royal barge along the Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge.

Some bridges over the Thames will be closed to traffic from 7am on June 3, and most will remain closed to vehicles for most of the day.  

Tens of thousands of people are also expected to flock to Battersea Park where a huge Diamond Jubilee festival is being staged to coincide with the river pageant. This is also likely to have an impact on traffic congestion in the area.

Normal Sunday parking rules may also be changed across London on June 3, meaning drivers will have fewer places to park their cars. 

As well as planning ahead for journeys over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, people are also being urged to start thinking now about how they will travel around town during the Olympics. This week, the London 2012 organisers, Transport for London, Network Rail and the train operating companies published a list of travel hotspots around the capital that are likely to be extremely busy while the Games are on.

An extra three million journeys are expected on the busiest days of the Games, with the Docklands Light Railway, the Jubilee line and the Central line the most heavily affected. Among the 58 tube and rail stations identified as hotspots are Bank, Earls Court, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo, Embankment, Chancery Lane, Holborn, Canary Wharf, Canada Water and Mile End.

Stations on the District Line like Wimbledon and Southfields are also expected to be busy during the first week of the Games while the Tennis competition is staged at the All England Club in Wimbledon.

People who need to travel around London during the course of the Games are being advised to plan their journeys carefully and explore possible alternative options by visiting www.getaheadofthegames.com.

May 4, 2012