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Friday, August 24, 2012
The Notting Hill Carnival has been held in the capital since 1966 and this year it is expected to be even bigger with the start of the Paralympics just days away.
The bands take to the roads at 9am in the morning on Sunday August 26 and Monday August 27 and should be completed by 7pm in the evening.
Sunday is the day advised for children, with Monday being the day for adults.
There is a slight chance of rain during Sunday morning although this looks as if it will clear away during the day.
Monday will be cloudy to start with and rain showers are expected into the afternoon and evening.
Carnival goers should use maps instead of mobile phones to find their way around Carnival this year and use mobiles only when absolutely necessary as criminals target those using this tool.
Police cadets will be handing out free maps at tube stations on both days of Carnival.
Commander Christine Jones said: “We want you to enjoy all the fantastic sights and sounds of the Carnival and not have your day blighted by crime. Mobile phones, especially expensive ones, are a glittering prize for thieves. Don’t give them a head start by displaying them openly and only use them if it’s absolutely necessary. Pick up one of our maps instead and pre arrange meeting points with family and friends.”
The maps, which also contain crime prevention advice, will be available at the following stations: Latimer Road, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, Queensway, Royal Oak and Kensal Green.
A number of stations have a reduced service during the Notting Hill Carnival. Revellers are advised to check before they travel.
Below are the stations that have changes to their service
Ladbroke Grove: Station closed on Carnival Sunday and Carnival Monday
Latimer Road: On Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will close at 11.30pm.
Notting Hill Gate: No interchange between the Central and District/Circle lines on either day. On Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will be exit only between 11am and 6pm. On Carnival Monday the Circle and District lines will not stop from 12noon to 7.30pm.
Royal Oak: The station will be exit only between 11am and 6pm. After 6pm the station will close and the Hammersmith and City line will not stop at this station.
Westbourne Park: Exit only between 11am and 6pm. The station will close at 11.30pm.
Bayswater: Open on Carnival Sunday and Monday.
Queensway: Open on Carnival Sunday and Monday.
Paddington: With Notting Hill Gate and Royal Oak being busy it may be advisable to use this station.
Other stations near to the Notting Hill Carnival are High Street Kensington and Holland Park