December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Londoners are being urged not to get caught out by the carnival closures as TfL announces disruption to services around Notting Hill this weekend.
Europe’s biggest street festival attracts more than a million people to the city every year, but the influx of revellers means a huge logistics operation for it to run smoothly.
Transport for London is encouraging Carnival-goers, motorists and passengers to visit its dedicated Carnival webpage for details on how transport services will run during London’s busiest annual event, which this year takes place on Sunday, August 25 and Monday, August 26.
Motorists are advised to avoid driving in the Notting Hill area across the whole weekend due to a number of road closures, see here for details.
On the Tube the Central Line will be operating but some stations will be closed or exit only due to high demand, so passengers are encouraged to consider walking part of their journey to and from Notting Hill Carnival.
Ladbroke Grove will be closed on both days, Latimer Road will be closed at 11.30pm and Notting Hill Gate will be exit only between 11am and 7pm, and there will be no interchange between Central and Circle or District lines.
Circle and District line trains will not stop at the station between 11am and 7pm on Monday, August 26
Royal Oak and Westbourne Park will be exit only between 11am and 6pm on both days, with Royal Oak closing at 6pm and Westbourne Park at 11.30pm.
Carnival goers are advised to consider using alternative stations to get to the event, with passengers on the Circle or District lines urged to use Bayswater or Paddington stations as an alternative.
Other nearby stations are High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Queen’s Park and Shepherd’s Bush.
As for buses, there will be additional services, however they will not enter the Carnival area from the first bus on Sunday morning until the first bus on Tuesday morning.
To the south of the carnival area, buses will start from Notting Hill Gate, and to the north from the Prince of Wales in Harrow Road.
On the Sunday there will be no service between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell, and also no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction on London Overground, but all services will be operational on Bank Holiday Monday.
Several docking stations for the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme around the carnival area, including at Notting Hill station, will be suspended from 9pm on Saturday, August 24 until 7am, Tuesday, August 27.
Although all other docking stations will remain available, the expected road congestion in west London may make it difficult to collect or replace bicycles nearby.
Westminster Council is also advising residents on travel arrangements around Notting Hill Carnival, with information on road closures on its website.
A spokesman said from 6am on both days, police will be checking all vehicles entering the carnival area to ensure only residents gain access, and from 9am all traffic, other than floats and emergency vehicles, will be excluded from the area.
Police have asked if residents can move their vehicles from the carnival area the night before the event for their own convenience, and the council is making extra parking available in adjacent streets.