For those who aren’t resident to the United Kingdom, it was decided to bin the late May Bank Holiday this year, and replace it with a Diamond Jubilee 4-day weekend.
This begins on Saturday 2nd June and goes through to Tuesday 5th June.
And if there’s a Public Holiday/Bank Holiday, this is normally an excuse for any travel provider to really mess around with schedules and timetables. The below is a quick look at what’s going on during the the Jubilee Weekend.
Operating as usual. London City will be closed during its usual times on Saturday/Sunday.
Expect more people going out of the country to take advantage of the Half Term/School Holiday Break, and queues to come into the country for those who are coming for the celebrations
Check at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/jubilee. For those arriving in one of London’s Airport hubs, it seems that Heathrow Connect, Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express are operating normal services. Stansted Express services will be diverted via Stratford and not call at Tottenham Hale.
Expect amended timetables to run during this period.
Congestion is expected at the main London rail stations after events finish. Allow extra time for your joureny
Check at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ in the first instance. It seems to keep London moving over the period there are no major engineering works – only the Waterloo and City Line will be closed, and London Overground will have a partial closures. As there’s a fair few events going on in town over the weekend, at least the sense to postpone engineering works has won through.
Stations along the Thames as well as stations near Royal residences will also be congested during the 4 day period.
The Docklands Light Railways will operate normally.
Expect the usual chaos with the bus network due to diversions away from events.
National Express and MegaBus
If you’re using these services on the Sunday, expect delays in and out of the city of an hour plus due to the riverside celebrations going on.
As usual, once you leave the boundary of London public transport returns to a very variable picture. Most companies will be running a Sunday service over the Sunday to Tuesday period. Check with the bus company or PTE (if they’ve published the information that is)
And from muggins at GhettoIFE.com, have a great Jubilee Weekend if you’re out and about celebrating!