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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Weekend travel information for 6 July 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 7 and 8 July, and also the following week. If you are visiting Pride or watching England this weekend, 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. Pride London From 08:00 until approximately 20:00 on Saturday 7 July, the following roads will be closed from Portland Place to Whitehall. From 08:00, Portland Place and Langham Place; from 09:00, Regent Street between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus; from 10:00, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue, Regent Street St James, Whitehall, Horse Guards Avenue and Trafalgar Square and approaches including Charing Cross Road southbound, Strand westbound and Northumberland Avenue westbound; from 10:30, Oxford Street and Regent Street between Mortimer Street and Oxford Circus. From 06:00, Pall …
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Weekend travel information for 29 June 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 30 June and 1 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 District line On Saturday 30 June, there will be no service between Aldgate East and Upminster. This is due to Line Modernisation work. On Sunday 1 July, there will be no service between Embankment and Upminster. This is due to Line Modernisation work. Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 30 June…
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New visa rules good news for South Africans looking for work in the UK

The UK Home Office has announced that it will henceforth no longer include doctors and nurses in the cap on the Tier 2 Visa cap. This is according to immigration consultants Breytenbachs, which notes that every month, since December 2017, the monthly quota for the Tier 2 Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) was reached. “Many UK businesses that applied for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to employ non-EU workers were not able to obtain the CoS they require,” it said. “When a CoS is not issued, the employing company subsequently has to wait for the next monthly round of allocations of the Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship. Furthermore, it is not only a waiting game, but they have to lodge a new CoS application for consideration each month to be considered,” it said. “The implication was a growing shortage of staff at the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, as well as a negative impact on other sectors in the UK economy. Note, however, that cert…
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Weekend travel information for 22 June 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 23 and 24 June, 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 Circle line From Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June, there will be no service between Paddington and Hammersmith. This is due to Line Modernisation work. Hammersmith & City line From Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June, there will be no service between Paddington and Hammersmith. This is due to Line Modernisation work. London Overground After 22:30 tonight, Thursday 21 June, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford. This is due to Network Rail track work. On Sunday 24 June, there will be no service between: • South Tottenham and Barking, due to Network Rail infrastructure work • Sydenham and C…
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Weekend travel information for 15 June 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 16 and 17 June, 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 05:00 on Saturday 16 until 05:00 on Sunday 17 June, trains will not stop at Bank station. This is due to platform engineering work. District line On Sunday 17 June, there will be no service between Turnham Green and Richmond. This is due to Network Rail track work. London Overground On Sunday 17 June, there will be no service between: • Willesden Junction and Richmond, due to Network Rail track work • Hackney Downs and Chingford until 08:00, due to Network Rail track work • Highbury & Islington and Shadwell after 21:15, due to Crossrail construction work • Surrey Quays and New Cross…
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SA plans to ease visa admin for holders of valid US, UK or Canadian visas

When it comes to making it easier for key markets to visit South Africa as well as concluding key travel business deals, the "proof is in the doing", says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom. Speaking to Traveller24 over the weekend after Indaba 2018 took place in Durban, Hanekom says he remains positive about tourism's potential. “Indaba was really excellent, having spent four days there and meeting with eight African ministers and one deputy, it was packed with a good turnout.” In total 22 African countries were exhibited, with a total of 1 120 exhibitors representing “thousands of African products, along with 135 small businesses or hidden gems – who were incredibly enthusiastic to be on the same floor as the bigger businesses, says Hanekom. There were also an estimated 1 740 buyers at the event. “Between my many meetings, I covered most of the hidden gems and those in attendance were excited about being there, the networking opportunities as well as the marketing exposure…
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Weekend travel information for 11 May 2018

Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 12 -13 May, and also the following week. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check if any of the following affect you. London Underground On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, there will be: Circle line No service between Baker Street and Hammersmith/High Street Kensington, due to line modernisation District line No service between Edgware Road and High Street Kensington, due to line modernisation There will also be no service on Saturday and Sunday before 09:00 and after 21:00 between Earl’s Court and Kensington (Olympia), due to line modernisation and track replacement Hammersmith & City line No service between Baker Street and Hammersmith, due to line modernisation London Overground After 22:30 tonight, Thursday 10 May, there will be no service between Sydenham and West Croydon, due to Network Rail track work. On Saturday 12 …
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South African thespian, Pieter-Dirk Uys performs in London this May and June

Since 1985 satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys has performed in London (mainly at the Tricycle Theatre, sometimes at the old Donmar Warehouse and now at the Soho Theatre) around twenty times with his one-man shows; sometimes with his plays. It’s a city that knows him well and he returns to London in June, this time without his usual armour of false eyelashes, extreme characters and their sketches which helped to deflect the poison arrows of government censorship and political correctness throughout the years of apartheid and even now in the present kleptocracy of the Rainbow Nation. Now in his 72nd year, he no longer glances back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously have pointed him in a right and original direction – growing up in a white South Africa with his Afrikaner father and his German-Jewish mother, confronting diverse influences on him from gran…
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