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.

From 22:00 on Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April, trains will not stop at Custom House for ExCeL station. This is due to station improvement works. Use nearby Prince Regent or Royal Victoria stations.

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April, there will be no service between:
• Bank and Shadwell. This is due to station improvement work at Bank and over site development work in Royal Mint Street. Use DLR services to and from Tower Gateway
• Bow Church and Stratford. This is due to Network Rail overhead line electrical renewal work. Use local bus route 108, Jubilee line or DLR services via Canning Town

London Trams
On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April, there will be no service between Addiscombe and Birkbeck / Elmers End. This is due to ballast and track replacement work. Tram replacement buses will run between East Croydon and Birkbeck / Elmers End.

TfL Rail
On Saturday 6 April, there will be no westbound service between Shenfield and Gidea Park until 05:40. This is due to Crossrail work. Rail replacement buses will run.
On Sunday 7 April, there will be no service between Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 until 05:50. This is due to Crossrail work. Use local buses or the Piccadilly line for Heathrow.

Buses and roads
To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019, replacing the T-charge. Most vehicles will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.

The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight, seven days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone. Your vehicle may not meet the ULEZ standards even if it meets the current Low Emission Zone standards. The ULEZ charge will be in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and the London-wide LEZ charge.

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

London Bridge – From 16:00 until 20:00 today, Thursday 4 April, there will be a demonstration at London Bridge. Delays are expected.

Wandsworth Road – From 22:00 on Friday 5 until 21:00 on Friday 12 April, Wandsworth Road will be closed in both directions between Lansdowne Way and Parry Street. This is due to a crane operation.

Croydon – From Saturday 6 until Sunday 21 April, there will be a contra-flow in operation on Purley Way at the junction of Lodge Avenue. This will reduce the carriageway to a single lane in both directions. This is due to Thames Water works.

Beckenham – From 08:00 on Saturday 6 until 17:00 on Friday 12 April, there will be various restrictions on Bromley Road at the junction of High Street Beckenham. During the works High Street Beckenham will be closed between Rectory Road and Bromley Road towards Beckenham Town Centre only. Buses will be diverted. From 09:00 on Monday 8 until 18:00 on Friday 12 April 2019, there will be four-way temporary traffic lights at Rectory Road / Southend Road, with a nearside lane closure on the Rail Bridge. Traffic turning right into Rectory Road will need to use the opposite side of the carriageway. This is due to Thames Water works.

Twickenham Rugby Stadium – From 13:00 until 16:30 on Saturday 6 April, Twickenham Rugby Stadium will host the rugby match between Bath and Bristol, with kick off at 14:00. Large crowds and increased traffic levels are expected before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected are the A316 Chertsey Road, and all roads leading to Twickenham Stadium and around the stadium.

Westminster – From 13:00 until 18:00 on Saturday 6 April, a large group will form up on Pall Mall and march to Whitehall via Cockspur Street and Trafalgar Square. After a rally at Whitehall they will return to Trafalgar Square. Traffic will be held for short periods along the matching route. This is due to a demonstration.

Holborn – From 09:30 until 13:00 on Sunday 7 April, there will a procession from Lincolns Inn Field to St Clement Danes Church via Sardinia Street, Kingsway southbound and Aldwych. There will be various road closures and short traffic holds along the route. Delays are expected.

Southall – From 09:30 until 18:00 on Sunday 7 April, there will be various road closures throughout Southall. From 10:00 Park Avenue will be closed by Southall mainline station. From 12:00 South Road, The Green, King Street, Norwood Road, Norwood Green Road and Tentelow Lane will be closed. This is due to a procession.

Putney – From 14:00 until 19:00 on Sunday 7 April, large crowds are expected on Putney Bridge. Traffic will be held for short periods outside Putney Bridge. This is due to the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.

Euston Road – From 08:00 on Monday 8 until 22:00 on Thursday 11 April, there will be no eastbound access from Tottenham Court Road into Euston Road due to road works.

Highbury Corner – From 20:00 on Friday 5 until 05:00 on Monday 8 April, the A1 Upper Street will be closed and the A1 Holloway Road will be southbound only at Highbury Corner. Between 20:00 and 05:00 on Monday 8, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April, the carriageway approaching Highbury Corner will closed for resurfacing works each night. Carriageway restrictions will also be in place overnight on Saturday 20 April when we switch Highbury Corner to two-way traffic.

A40 at Acton – From 8 April to late 2019, the A40 will be reduced from three to two lanes for westbound traffic, 24 hours a day, and the speed limit will be reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph for safety reasons. This is for works to construct walking and cycling improvements between Acton and Wood Lane. Drivers should expect delays while travelling westbound, especially during PM peak periods (weekdays 2pm – 6pm). One of the best ways of making journeys to and from the area during these works will be by the tube.

West End – Until Tuesday 16 April 2019, sections of Tottenham Court Road will be reduced to one lane while carriageway resurfacing works are completed. Bus route 14 will be on diversion and route 176 will be curtailed at times. These works are to prepare for the switch to two-way traffic on Tottenham Court Road on 20 April 2019. The switch will permanently move bus routes from Gower Street / Bloomsbury Street to Tottenham Court Road.

Old Street – Until mid-May 2019, work to remove traffic islands on the approach to the roundabout will take place at night between 20:30 and 05:30. Delays are expected on approach to the roundabout. This is in advance of main works to restore two-way traffic to Old Street. Old Street will be switched to two-way traffic in late May.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:

• Rodney Street, Angel – due to H&S
• Queen’s Circus, Battersea – for utility works
• Butler Place, Westminster – due to power outages
• Baldwin Street, St. Luke’s – due to power outages
• Cardinal Place, Victoria – removed due to building works
• Upper Richmond Road, East Putney – for building work
• Portugal Street, Holborn – for building works
• Whiteley’s, Bayswater – for building works
• Appold Street, Liverpool Street – site relocation

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

By SAFFA London

South African in exile in London