December 12 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Gover, London24 reporter
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
London celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend with a plethora of events in the heart of the capital city.
Huge changes to Londons transport network kick in for the four-day-long extravaganza - not lifting until after the last parade at the end of the long bank holiday weekend.
Below is our guide to what is going on and also where to avoid if you're not joining in the celebrations.
Key event: Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park (Saturday and Sunday). Lots of live music and entertainment will fill the air as celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee get under way. Youngsters can enjoy the headline show The Magic of Disney in Concert.
Travel advice: All London Underground services are expected to operate normally. There is no planned disruption to Docklands Light Railway or London Overground services.
Where to avoid: Hub Tube stations such as Hyde Park Corner, St James's Park and Green Park will be busier than usual.
Key event: Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. More than 1,000 boats will muster on the Thames in a stunning display of one of the biggest flotillas ever assembled on the river. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family will take part.
Travel: Motorists are urged to avoid central London altogether, with roads and bridges closed between 7am and 10pm. These include Battersea Bridge, Albert Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge. In addition, Millennium and Jubilee footbridges will be shut.
Transport for London advises to come by bus and Tube.
Motor vehicles will be allowed on some bridges at certain times of day. Between 3pm and 5.30pm, road traffic can access Vauxhall Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge.
Avoid: In a motor vehicle - the whole of central London. In order to see the Jubilee River Pageant avoid Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, from where it will not be visible.
Key event: The Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Stars performing include Sir Paul McCartney, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Robbie Williams. A mystery performer will play on the roof of the Palace, but organiser Gary Barlow has remained tight-lipped about who it is. Tickets are no longer available, so don't bother going down; watch it on BBC One or tune in on Radio 2.
Travel: St James's Park, the Mall and Hyde Park will be very busy all day and into the evening. Tube, rail and bus services are set to be very crowded. All London Underground services are expected to operate as normal with no planned engineering works.
A normal service is expected on the Overground, except Richmond to Willesden Junction and South Tottenham to Barking where engineering works are taking place.
Avoid: If you are without a ticket for the Jubilee concert then the armchair really is the best option.
Key event: A carriage procession by the Queen to Buckingham Palace, after a service at St Paul's Cathedral.
Travel: Many roads in central London will be closed to traffic, with bus services diverted. Tube and DLR will operate Saturday services.
Avoid: Hyde Park, St James Park, Green Park and the Mall if you're not interested in the Jubilee.
More info can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/diamondjubilee
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