Why Some British expatriates are struggling to get their passport renewals processed

Though the British government originally stated that the closure of regional passport processing centres around the world wouldn’t affect the processing of passport applications and renewals it seems that this is not the case. Passport renewals used to take around 4 weeks but with the move of processing back to Liverpool, England the recommended processing timescale was extended to 6 weeks. However reports are coming in from around the world with many expatriates being completely frustrated both by the lack of communication throughout the process and also the length of time that processing is taking. The online tracking system and call centres provided seem to not accurately reflect the status of applications being processed. Expatriates living in Hong Kong and Russia have reported that it’s now taking up to 3 months for them to get their passports renewed with apparently hundreds of expatriates affected in Hong Kong alone. This is forcing some expats to face issues with visa…
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Weekend travel information for 5 October 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 6 and 7 October, and the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground Central and Waterloo & City lines - On Friday 5 October, there is a strike planned. If it goes ahead, there will be no service on the Central and Waterloo & City lines all day. There will also be no Central line Night Tube services on Friday night. Normal services will resume on both lines by mid-morning on Saturday 6 October. Check before you travel and visit our Tube strike page for live information, in case the strike is called off. Piccadilly line - On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, there will be no service between Oakwood and Cockfosters. From 05:15 until 07:00 on Saturday, there will be no service between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters in both direc…
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Weekend travel information for 28 September 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 29 and 30 September, and the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but please check if any of the following affect you. Piccadilly line strike There is currently no service on the Piccadilly line until 15:30 tomorrow, Friday 28 September, and then again from 22:00 until the morning of Saturday 29 September. There will also be no Piccadilly line Night Tube on Friday 28 September. We expect to resume a normal service on Saturday 29 September by: • 07:30 between Heathrow and Cockfosters • 08:30 between Acton Town and Uxbridge London Underground On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, there will be no service: Circle line On the entire line, due to line modernisation. If you are planning to travel through the city this weekend, you can still use the Central, Jubilee, Northern…
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Weekend travel information for 14 September 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 15 and 16 September, and the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground Circle line On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, there will be no service between Hammersmith and Tower Hill. This is due to track replacement work. Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, there will be no service between Baker Street and Barking. This is due to track replacement work. Metropolitan line On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, there will be no service between Baker Street and Aldgate. This is due to track replacement work. District line On Sunday 16 September, there will be no service between Turnham Green and Richmond. This is due to Network Rail track maintenance work. London Overground Net…
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Weekend travel information for 7 September 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 8 and 9 September, and the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but please check if any of the following affect you. OVO Energy Tour of Britain From 03:00 until 23:00 on Sunday 9 September, Regent Street St James’s (Lower Regent Street) will be closed in both directions for the Tour of Britain. In addition, from 08:00 until 20:00, Regent Street between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly from Hyde Park Corner (including Piccadilly underpass eastbound), Shaftesbury Avenue westbound, Haymarket, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, The Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and approaches, Whitehall Place, Northumberland Avenue and the Strand will all be closed. From 08:00 until 20:00 Waterloo Bridge and the Strand underpass northbound to Kingsway will be closed to over height vehicles (over 3.6 metre…
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Weekend travel information for 10 August 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend,11 and 12 August, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but to ensure your journey goes smoothly please check if any of the following affect you.

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London Underground Bakerloo line On Sunday 12 August, there will be no service between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone. This is due to Network Rail track work. Central line Trains will not stop at Bank station from 00:30 on Saturday 11 and all day Sunday 12 August. Enter and exit at Liverpool Street or St. Paul’s instead. This is due to platform engineering work. During Night Tube hours on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August (00:30 until 05:30), St. Paul’s stat…
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Weekend travel information for 3 August 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 4 and 5 August, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but to ensure your journey goes smoothly please check if any of the following affect you. London Triathlon The London Triathlon will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August. On the Saturday, the event will take place within the ExCeL area in East London, with road closures from 05:00 between Gallions Reach Roundabout and Leamouth Roundabout, including Lower Lea Crossing, Royal Albert Way eastbound and roads around the ExCeL. Lane closures will be in place on The Highway in both directions to allow barriers to be laid in advance of the second day of the event.

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Weekend travel information for 27 July 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 28 and 29 July, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but to ensure your journey goes smoothly please check if any of the following affect you. Prudential RideLondon The annual Prudential RideLondon weekend festival of cycling is taking place over the weekend. The routes will be closed to traffic. Road users are advised to avoid the affected areas wherever possible. Buses will be on diversion or stop short of their destinations. Tube and Rail will be the best way to get around during the weekend.

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On Saturday, the event route is in central London. Some roads will be closed from 05:00 until 19:30. On Sunday, the…
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Weekend travel information for 20 July 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 21 and 22 July, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but to ensure your journey goes smoothly please check if any of the following affect you. Kennington improvements Until mid-September, the Northern and Victoria lines, and some stations, are likely to be busier. Bank branch Northern line trains will not stop at Kennington while we carry out essential work to make it quicker and easier to change between branches, ready for the Northern Line Extension. London Underground Central line From 05:00 on Saturday 21 until 05:00 on Sunday 22 July, Central line trains will not stop at Bank station. This is due to platform engineering work. Circle line On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, there will be no service on the entire line. This is due to line modernisation and signal te…
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Weekend travel information for 13 July 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 14 and 15 July, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, so you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go, but to ensure your journey goes smoothly please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground Central line From 00:45 on Saturday 14 and all day Sunday 15 July, Central line trains will not stop at Bank station. This includes Night Tube. For Bank, exit at St. Paul’s station. This is due to platform engineering work. Metropolitan line On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, there will be no service between Aldgate and Wembley Park. This is due to ballast and track replacement work. London Overground On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, there will be no service between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction. This is due to Network Rail infrastructure work and Earls Court development work. Buses Bus users …
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