Diamond Jubilee visitors flocking to London - but many due to escape too

11:40 30 May 2012

London is set for a huge population shift during the Diamond Jubilee weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting and many set to flee the city.

Heathrow Airport expects to handle 2.9 million passengers in the next two weeks, with 780,000 overseas travellers due to arrive between today and bank holiday Tuesday.

UK travel organisation Abta has forecast as many six million Brits will be taking a holiday abroad or in the UK over the period June 2 to 5.

Abta said that around four million planned to holiday in the UK over the weekend, with two million going abroad.

The AA and traffic information company Trafficmaster said the main getaway was likely to be on Friday afternoon and on Saturday.

Transport company National Express said more than 30,000 people would be travelling to London on its coaches over the weekend.

The company added that the busiest departure points for trips to the capital were Bournemouth, Bristol and Birmingham.

Transport for London advised has motorists to avoid central London for all but essential journeys over the weekend.

Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar has reported a 30 per cent surge in bookings over the Jubilee weekend.

This Friday is set to be Eurostar’s busiest day, with more than 30,000 passengers expected to travel between the UK and mainland Europe.

Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic will be handling more than 20,000 holidaymakers on flights on Saturday.

Virgin said many had booked during the long, cold spell of weather that preceded the current heatwave.

The Association of Train Operating Companies said around 500,000 people were expected to travel to London by train to take part in the Jubilee celebrations.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, May 29, 2015
[Photo Mel Hughes]

The words “No n******” were spray-painted on the outside wall of jazz bar in Herne Hill around 1am Monday May 25th.

Friday, May 29, 2015
Police say they urgently want to speak to this man [Images from British Transport Police]

A woman from Newham was beaten so badly aboard a busy train at Canning Town that her teeth were broken and her lip was cut.

Friday, May 29, 2015
[Photo BBC]

An assault rifle used in seven unsolved murders in Northern Ireland has been found in an Imperial War Museum display cabinet.

Friday, May 29, 2015
[Photo Met Police]

An Ecuadorian studying at King’s College London sat next to the sleeping victim on the N13, put his hand down her jeans then led her off the bus and raped her in his Hampstead home.

Friday, May 29, 2015
[Photo Assemble and Simon Terrill]

The new sculpture playground is Brutalist - it is based on concrete playgrounds from the 1950s and 60s - but is made from reconstituted foam.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more