London travel disruptions and delays expected to coincide with Trump's UK visit

Piccadilly line strikes, Trump protests, Wimbledon and Hyde Park concerts all add up to a busy week for London travel networks

Joanna Whitehead
Wednesday 11 July 2018 09:55 BST
What to expect during Donald Trump's UK visit

London is facing a week of travel disruptions and delays as President Trump arrives for his inaugural UK visit.

A strike by London tube drivers on the Piccadilly line is planned to go ahead from late evening on Wednesday 11 July until the morning of Saturday 14 July. Other tube services will continue to run as normal, but will be busier than usual.

Transport for London (TfL) has advised people to complete journeys on the Piccadilly line by 10pm on Wednesday 11 July until the strike ends at 7.30am on Saturday 14.

There will be no Night Tube service on the Piccadilly line on Friday 13 July.

Interchange stations along the Piccadilly line will be much busier than usual, particularly Finsbury Park, King's Cross St Pancras, Green Park and Hammersmith. Other lines are also likely to be busier than usual.

Talks between Transport for London and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are continuing, but passengers are encouraged to make alternative arrangements.

More buses will be running, although these will be busier than usual, particularly during peak times. Roads in west and central London are also expected to be busier than usual.

Those travelling to Heathrow are advised to use TfL Rail and Heathrow Express services to and from Paddington station. These routes are expected to be busier than usual and passengers are advised to purchase tickets in advance.

On the afternoon of Friday 13 July, there will be road closures and large crowds in central London as people gather to protest President Trump’s visit. Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Protesters will be assembling outside the BBC building in Portland Place at 2pm before marching down Oxford Circus and Regent Street to Trafalgar Square for a rally which is due to finish at 7pm.

Wimbledon and concerts in Hyde Park will also put greater pressure on travel services.

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