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 Metropolitan line. Customers for stations between Acton Town and Rayners Lane should use the Central line via Hanger Lane, the District line via Gunnersbury or the Metropolitan line via Rayners Lane and follow blue signs for bus E, which runs every 7 to 10 minutes.

District line
From Saturday 25 until Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, there will be no service between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway. This is due to track replacement work. Customers travelling to or from Acton Town, Ealing Common or Ealing Broadway should use the Central line via Ealing Broadway or the District line via Gunnersbury. Follow purple signs for bus A, which runs every 7 to 10 minutes outside the stations.

Customers for Chiswick Park should use local bus routes or walk from Turnham Green or Gunnersbury.

London Overground
Until further notice (except during planned line closures) there will be a reduced service every day between Gospel Oak and Barking. This is due to a lack of available trains. Trains will run about every 30 minutes. Supplementary buses will also run.

On Sunday 26 May, there will be no service between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction. This is due to Network Rail track work. Use local buses.

London Trams
On Sunday 26 May, there will be no service between Sandilands and Birkbeck / Elmers End until 16:00. This is due to bridge works. Tram replacement buses will run between East Croydon and Birkbeck. A tram shuttle will run between Birkbeck and Beckenham Junction.

TfL Rail
On Sunday 26 May, trains will not be stopping at Maryland, Forest Gate or Manor Park. This is so we can test new Elizabeth line trains transitioning between Crossrail tunnels and Network Rail infrastructure. Customers should use local bus routes 25, 86 or 425 to reach Stratford or Ilford and connect with the other major lines. Additionally, customers at Maryland can walk to Stratford or use local bus routes 69 or 257.

Buses and roads
Bus and road users may be affected by the following changes this weekend. We expect to run a good service, but buses may be delayed, diverted or stop short of their normal destination.

Whitehall – From 11:00 until 14:00 today, Thursday 23 May, Whitehall will be closed in both directions between Parliament Square and Horse Guards Avenue. This is due to a wreath laying event.

Westminster – From 01:00 tomorrow, Friday 24 May until 01:00 on Thursday 6 June, Parliament Street will be closed southbound at the junction of Parliament Square. St Margaret Street will also have lane restrictions northbound on approach to Parliament Square. This is due to works on behalf of Parliamentary Estates for the refurbishment of Westminster Palace.

Old Street – From 21:30 on Friday 24 until 00:01 on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, Old Street west and City Road south will be closed while we switch to two-way traffic at Old Street roundabout. The Inner Ring Road will remain open through Old Street and signed diversion routes will be in place. Roads in the area are expected to be a lot busier. Allow more time for your journey, or consider making your journey by cycling or walking.

Two-way traffic will be introduced at Old Street roundabout at 00:01 on Bank Holiday Monday. If you are driving through the area, please be careful while pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic get used to the new two-way system.

Euston Road – From Saturday 25 until Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, Euston Road lane one of three will be closed westbound. This is due to High Speed Two (HS2) works.

St James’s Park – From 06:00 until 23:59 on Saturday 25 May, Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade will be closed. All other roads surrounding the park will be closed from 07:00. This is due to an event.

Wembley Stadium – From 14:00 until 18:00 on Saturday 25 May, Wembley Stadium will be hosting the League Two Play-Off Final football match between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers, with kick off at 15:00. Large crowds and increased traffic levels are expected in the Wembley area before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected include the A406, A1, A40, Harrow Road, Wembley High Road and roads around the stadium.

St James’s Park – From 00:01 on Sunday 26 until 20:00 on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, the following roads will be closed: The Mall, Spur Road, Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road. This is due to the Vitality Westminster Mile and Vitality 10k events.

Wembley Stadium – From 14:00 until 18:00 on Sunday 26 May, Wembley Stadium will be hosting the League One Play-Off Final football match between Charlton and Sunderland, with kick off at 15:00. Large crowds and increased traffic levels are expected in the Wembley area before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected include the A406, A1, A40, Harrow Road, Wembley High Road and roads around the stadium.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, the following roads will be closed: The Mall, Trafalgar Square, Strand, Aldwych, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, Holborn, Holborn Viaduct, Newgate Street, King Edward Street, Angel Street, St Martins Le Grand, Cheapside, King Street, Gresham Street, Lothbury, Batholomew Lane, Threadneedle Street, Bank Junction, Mansion House Street, Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, New Change, Newgate Street, New Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, Strand, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and Great George Street.

Additionally, London Bridge will be closed northbound. This is due to the Vitality 10k, which is expected to start at 10:00. Large crowds and delays are expected along the route of the run.

Wembley Stadium – From 14:00 until 18:00 on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, Wembley Stadium will be hosting the Championship Play-Off Final football match between Aston Villa and Derby, with kick off at 15:00. Large crowds and increased traffic levels are expected in the Wembley area before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected include the A406, A1, A40, Harrow Road, Wembley High Road and roads around the stadium.

West Cross Route – From Bank Holiday Monday 27 until Thursday 30 May, the West Cross Route will be closed in both directions between Westway (Northern Roundabout) and Holland Park (Southern) Roundabout each night from 22:00 until 05:00 the following morning. This is due to a crane operation.

Baker Street – Until 17:00 on Tuesday 28 May, Baker Street will be closed northbound between York Street and Marylebone Road. Traffic will be diverted via Gloucester Place up to the junction of Park Road. From 08:00 on Tuesday 28 May until 13:00 on Saturday 1 June, Gloucester Place will be closed to all traffic between Taunton Place and Dorset Square. Traffic will be diverted via St John’s Wood Road, Edgware Road and Marylebone Road. These closures are due to Westminster City Council works to complete the Baker Street two-way scheme.

Oxford Street – From Tuesday 28 May until Sunday 16 June, Oxford Street will be closed between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus. North and southbound routes crossing Oxford Street will remain open. This is due to Westminster City Council maintenance works. The surrounding area is likely to be busier than normal and buses will be on diversion

Santander Cycles
~ Santander Cycles will be available throughout the bank holiday weekend, though the following docking stations will be out of service:
~ Curzon Street, Mayfair, due to telecom works
~ High Holborn, Holborn, for borough roadworks
~ Dock Street, Wapping, part-suspended for gas works
~ Rodney Street, Angel, for health and safety reasons
~ Cardinal Place, Victoria, removed due to building works
~ Portugal Street, Holborn, due to building works
~ Whiteley’s, Bayswater, due to building works

We are sorry if your journeys this weekend are affected by any of these closures.

By SAFFA London

South African in exile in London