King's Coronation: London travel news and which roads will be closed
EXCLUSIVE – How Sadiq’s road closures will shut down London over King Charles’ Coronation: Map reveals how major blocks could wreak havoc as tens of millions flock to capital for historic event – with 85 in Westminster alone for monarch’s procession
- Some Westminster roads will shut from 4pm next Tuesday until 9am Wednesday
- Wider raft of ‘significant’ closures comes into force next Friday before ceremony
Major road closures in Central London will begin in just five days’ time as the capital prepares for millions of people to pour in for King Charles III’s Coronation.
Routes around St James’s Park, Westminster, Waterloo and Charing Cross Tube stations will be closed from 4pm next Tuesday until 9am the following day.
A wider raft of ‘significant’ closures then comes into force next Friday, with council bosses warning any vehicles parked on the 85 roads affected will be removed.
The hugely-anticipated ceremony itself is next Saturday, with viewing areas along the procession route opening from 6am before Charles and Camilla set off from Buckingham Palace at 10.20am for the service at Westminster Abbey at 11am.
Localised restrictions have been in force since April 3 but the majority of closures will be from next Friday as London tries to cope with the huge influx of visitors.
Plans for the event have been organised by Transport for London, whose chairman is Sadiq Khan, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; City of London; Westminster City Council; London Borough of Lambeth; Metropolitan Police; British Transport Police; London Ambulance Service; and London Fire Brigade.
The Abbey has now shut its doors to visitors following the Anzac Day ceremony attended by Prince William on Tuesday, and is being prepared for the Coronation.
Localised traffic restrictions in the Westminster area have been in force since April 3
Road closures in place for preparations between next Tuesday at 4pm and Wednesday at 9pm
Road closures in Westminster on May 5 and 6 – the day before the Coronation and the day itself
Finishing touches are made outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey this morning
Westminster City Council said the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has sent letters to all residents and businesses who will be affected by road closures.
Timings for the King’s Coronation on May 6
Here is a rundown of all the timings so far for the King’s Coronation day on May 6:
- 6am – Viewing areas open along the procession route.
- 7.15-8.30am – Guests for Westminster Abbey begin to arrive at security check points in Victoria Tower Gardens.
- 9am – Congregation to be seated inside the Abbey.
- 9.30-10.45am – Heads of state, overseas government representatives, Government ministers, First Ministers, former PMs, foreign royals and members of the royal family arrive.
- 9.45am – The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry begin to gather ready for the procession from Buckingham Palace.
- 10.20am – The King and Queen Consort’s procession sets off from the Palace.
- 10.53am – The King and Queen Consort arrive at Westminster Abbey.
- 11am – Charles and Camilla enter the Abbey through the Great West Door and the service begins.
- 12pm – The King is crowned. The Archbishop of Canterbury places the St Edward’s Crown on Charles’s head. Trumpets will sound and gun salutes will be fired across the UK.
- 1pm – The service ends and the newly crowned King and Queen begin their coronation procession back to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.
- 1.33pm – Charles and Camilla are expected to enter Buckingham Palace through the Centre Arch.
- 1.45pm – The King and Queen Consort receive a royal salute from the military in the Palace gardens
- Around 2.15pm – The King, Queen Consort and members of the royal family appear on the Palace balcony to watch the flypast.
Vehicles including cars, buses, coaches, vans, trucks, motorbike and bicycles will not be allowed into the restricted event area once closures are in place.
But council officials insisted that access to homes and workplaces will be maintained throughout, adding: ‘If challenged, please support the police and stewarding teams on the ground by providing clear information about the property you are trying to access.
‘To assist with this, you and your guests or staff are advised to travel with proof of address, a staff pass or an official invite to your property.’
It also said: ‘The roads and parks around central London will be affected by significant road closures and parking suspensions on May 5 and 6.’
Also today, Transport for London revealed it had resigned the Tube roundel as a ‘crowndel’ and had given a new royal wrap to some its buses and hire bikes.
The ‘crowndel’ has been made in the likeness of St Edward’s Crown, which is due to be used at the ceremony, and can be seen at stations along the procession route and at major interchanges.
Five buses will be given commemorative wraps in red, dark blue, cyan and pink from tomorrow – these being the number 11, 87, 111, 148, 160 and 390.
However the 11 is being re-routed from this Saturday to no longer run between Westminster and Liverpool Street, and instead be diverted from Parliament Square south of the river to Waterloo.
Conservative MPs had warned earlier this month that the change would make it harder for spectators to access the processional route, and remove an important link for Londoners and tourists.
In addition, crowns will be placed on the roofs of three bus shelters in Oxford Street – those being OF (Oxford Circus station/John Lewis), OR (Oxford Street John Lewis) and OP (Great Titchfield Street/Oxford Circus station) – and 20 Santander hire bikes will get a royal wrap.
TfL has also said free 30-minute rides will be available on all Santander bikes over the Coronation weekend by entering the promotional code ‘Coronation23’ on the Santander Cycles app.
TfL also confirmed all of its services will be running with no planned engineering closures on the day of the Coronation.
But 26 cycle docking stations will be closed in the Westminster area due to the traffic restrictions, while St James’s Park Underground station will be shut on the Coronation day and Hyde Park Corner will be exit only.
Meanwhile the central shopping region of Regent Street has now been decorated with Union flags – and business group New West End Company has forecast a footfall of 1.75million over the three days of the long weekend, up by a quarter on last year.
Five buses will be given commemorative wraps in red, dark blue, cyan and pink from tomorrow – these being the 11, 87, 111, 148, 160 and 390. The above is a picture for illustrative purposes
Special posters will adorn Underground stations, paying homage to another created in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II. A limited edition run of 500 will be sold for £50 each
The group said it was ‘expecting a flood of domestic and international visitors’.
Which stations will the ‘Crowndels’ be located around London?
- Green Park
- Bond Street
- Oxford Circus
- Covent Garden
- Leicester Square
- Piccadilly Circus
- Hyde Park Corner
- King’s Cross St Pancras
- Liverpool Street
- Charing Cross
- London Bridge
- Tottenham Court Road
- Liverpool Street
- Shepherd’s Bush
- White Hart Lane
West End businesses are also banking on a £50million spending windfall from Britons and tourists, reported the Evening Standard.
International travel bookings to London for the Coronation week up are 93 per cent compared to the first May bank holiday last year.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said today: ‘I’m incredibly excited that the eyes of the world are on London once again as Their Majesties are crowned, showing our capital city in all of its glory.
‘These celebratory ‘Crowndels’ and decorations will get Londoners and visitors into the spirit of this historic event as they come together to celebrate the Coronation.’
Special posters will adorn Underground stations, paying homage to another one created in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II.
The new versions feature the colours of all the Tube lines, as well as the purple of the Elizabeth line and the orange of the Overground.
The London Transport Museum will be selling 500 limited edition copies of the poster for £50 each from tomorrow.
There will also be limited edition travel advice leaflets available in main Tube, bus and rail stations on May 6 itself.
Andy Lord, London’s Transport Commissioner, said today: ‘Celebrations are getting underway on the transport network as we prepare to host and look after people from across the world as they come to London for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
‘We are excited to welcome everyone onto our services, and customers will be able to enjoy specially designed ‘Crowndels’, commemorative posters and special wraps on buses and Santander Cycles as they get around the capital during the festivities.
‘Public transport remains the best way to travel in London during the Coronation weekend and is at the heart of making this historic occasion a success, just like it did when London saw the 1953 Coronation of Elizabeth II.
‘With no planned engineering closures, I hope people make the most of the public transport options to enjoy the bank holiday.’
Transport for London revealed today that it had resigned the Tube roundel as a ‘crowndel’ and had also given a new royal wrap to some its buses and hire bikes
There will also be limited edition TfL travel advice leaflets available in main on May 6 itself
National Highways announced it will lift more than 700 miles of roadworks on England’s motorways and major A roads ahead of the coronation weekend.
These include routes expected to be used by thousands of people driving to London for the occasion.
Eleven miles of roadworks will be lifted on the M1 around Hemel Hempstead and Dunstable, and 12.5 miles on the M11 around Cambridge and Harlow.
Cones will be removed in the South East by 6am on May 4 and elsewhere across England by 6am the following day.
They will not be put back until after May 8, which is a bank holiday.
National Highways customer services director Andrew Butterfield said: ‘We know that people will want to head to London to witness this historic moment and that’s why we have lifted as many roadworks as possible where it is safe to do so across our network.
‘Given the size and complexity of some projects, it’s not practical to remove them for a couple of days. ‘However, the good news for motorists is that 96% of our network will be roadworks-free over the coronation bank holiday weekend.’
Full list: Which roads will be shut in Westminster for King’s Coronation?
Westminster City Council said parking restrictions will be in place on the below roads in preparation for and during the Coronation, on May 5 and 6.
Residents with parking permits should by now have received a letter with instructions to make temporary arrangements for their vehicles. The council said any vehicles parked on these roads after 7pm on May 5 will be removed.
Abbey Orchard Street
Carlton House Terrace
Charles II Street
Dean Bradley Street
Dean Stanley Street
Dean Trench Street
Duke of York Street
Duke Street St James’s
Emery Hill Street
Great College Street
Great Peter Street
Great Scotland Yard
Great Smith Street
Half Moon Street
John Adam Street
Little College Street
Little Smith Street
Lord North Street
Matthew Parker Street
Old Pye Street
Queen Anne’s Gate
South Audley Street
St Ann’s Street
St James’s Square
St James’s Street
Upper Belgrave Street
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