Weekend travel information for 24 May 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this Bank Holiday weekend, 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. Please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground Piccadilly line From about 00:01 on Saturday 25 until Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, there will be no service between Hammersmith and Heathrow / Uxbridge. This is due to track replacement work. Customers for Heathrow airport should use non-stop coaches running between Hammersmith and Heathrow airport. These have porters and extra space for luggage and buggies but are not wheelchair accessible. Customers for stations between Acton Town and Heathrow should use the Central line to Ealing Broadway or the District line via Gunnersbury and follow purple signs for bus A, which runs every 7 to 10 minutes. Customers for stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge should use the…
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Weekend travel information for 10 May 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 11 and 12 May, 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 11 and Sunday 12 May, there will be no service on the entire line. This is due to line modernization work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Rail replacement buses will run. District line On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May, there will be no service between South Kensington and East Ham. This is due to line modernization work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Rail replacement buses will run. Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May, there will be no service between Baker Street and Barking. This is due to line modernization work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Rail replacement buses will run.…
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It is wonderful to see the South Africans in London take to the voting polls!

Thousands of South Africans from all over the United Kingdom rallied together at Trafalgar Square on Saturday to make their mark! London, United Kingdom – A patriotic buzz filled the chilly London air around the South African High Commission at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square; On the 27th April 2019 South Africans from across the United Kingdom traveled to London to have their say and cast a special vote in SA’s 2019 National Elections. “How privileged we are to be able to cast our vote abroad, and how utterly fitting that it fell on such an iconic day – Freedom Day… well played IEC!” In an iconic setting between the High Commission, St Martin-in-the-Fields and with the National Gallery and Trafalgar square in sight, the passionate South Africans braved nearly 50 kilometers per hour winds that Storm Hannah brought in. Along with the wind brought bursts of tiny hair-like seeds from the easily recognizable London Plane trees that grow in abundance across the city. Much…
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Weekend travel information for 26 April 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 27 and 28 April, 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 27 and Sunday 28 April, there will be no service on the entire line. This is due to line modernisation work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. District line On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, there will be no service between Edgware Road and High Street Kensington. This is due to line modernisation work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Metropolitan line On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, there will be no service between Aldgate and Wembley Park. This is due to line modernisation work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, there will be no service …
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Weekend travel information for 5 April 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 10 and 11 November, 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 line From 01:20 on Saturday 6 until Sunday 7 April, there will be no service between Bethnal Green to Loughton and Woodford via Hainault. This includes Friday Night Tube. This is due to track replacement work. Rail replacement buses will run. London Overground There will be a reduced service from Gospel Oak to Barking until further notice. This is due to a lack of available trains. On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April, trains will run about every 30 minutes. From Monday 8 until Thursday 11 April, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:30. This is due to Network Rail track work. Rail replacement buses will run. DLR From 2…
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Weekend travel information for 22 March 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 23 and 24 March, 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. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium On Sunday 24 March at 15:00, a test event is taking place at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Victoria line, London Overground, rail and bus services in the area are expected to be very busy before and after the event. Northbound London Overground services prior to the event are expected to be full upon arrival at Seven Sisters station between 12:00 and 14:00. Customers looking to board these services may be asked to exit the station and use an alternative entrance via Birstall Road to prevent overcrowding. If you are traveling to the match there is a signed walking route to the stadium from Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane stations. nati…
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The UK Government announces that they are now reforming the Immigration route

In its latest Statement of changes, published on 7 March 2019, the UK Government has made it very clear that it is moving away from the Points-Based Immigration system (PBS). Both the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route are falling away shortly. These routes will be replaced with an Innovator and Start-up Visa routes. Both the new routes fall outside the PBS and do not have a point-scoring system. Breytenbachs welcome the announcements on the newly formed immigration routes, and believe it will open up more opportunities for those looking to live and work in the UK. Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) closing The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) immigration route will close for all new applicants on 6 July 2019. The last day a person can thus apply under this route is 5 July 2019. Persons already in the UK under this route, do not need to worry, as there are transitional arrangements in place to switch to the new routes. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) closing The Ti…
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Weekend travel information for 15 March 2019

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 16 and 17 March, 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. Please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground Circle line On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, there will be no service between Paddington and Hammersmith. This is due to line modernization work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, there will be no service between Paddington and Hammersmith. This is due to line modernization work. Use alternative Tube and local bus routes. London Overground Tonight, Thursday 14 March, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Enfield Town / Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) after 22:45. This is due to Network Rail track work. Rail replacement buses will run. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, t…
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So you need to pack? Here are a few handy tips to make sure your trip is a success

Do you find yourself thinking for days on end about things you will need on the trip and telling yourself "I must remember to pack that"? Have you arrived and discovered "oops I should have packed that"? There is a simple solution and it works, especially if it's keeping you up at night before the trip - write it down. Yes, make a list, add to it whenever you have an idea that I must pack this, and take it with you. When you get there and think I should have, add it to that list and keep it in one of those pockets in your favourite bag or case so next time, you won't forget. When you are doing that last-minute dash instead of running around in circles you can check your list and feel far more at ease and only have to deal with the excitement or nerves of the trip itself. A pen and paper or even a note taken on your phone can help in all sorts of ways. Making notes, or even doodling on the trip itself when you are waiting is a great time to put some thoughts in order or make pl…
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Home affairs insists an unabridged birth certificate is not needed for parents travelling with children, but apparently nobody told customs officials

The department of home affairs has reiterated that the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling with their parents no longer applies, but the parents must still carry it anyway – in case customs officials ask to see it at ports of entry. This follows a huge outcry among travellers who claimed they were stopped at ports of entry by customs staff who demanded the unabridged certificate for their children, despite the announcement by the department it was no longer a requirement. The department of tourism recently said tourism supports about 1.5 million jobs directly and indirectly in SA. StatsSA figures for 2016 show the sector directly contributed 2.9% – or R125.1 billion – to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). When the initial requirements were first issued, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom took issue with the home affairs decision, saying the move would kill tourism in SA and impede economic growth. Home affairs was forced to back off. …
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