By Andrew Gibson
The impending visit of Pope Benedict XVI on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September is expected to draw huge crowds to central London, with many road diversions and closures planned causing significant traffic disruption. Advice issued from Transport for London (TfL) is suggesting that public transport is the best way to get around but do be aware that many bus routes will be diverted. Transport for London is working closely with the Met Police, security agencies, event organisers and government officials to ensure that the disruption is minimal for those travelling to and from the events.
Timetable of events:
- On Friday 17 September, the Pope will travel from Lambeth Palace across Lambeth Bridge and along Millbank to the Palace of Westminster. Road closures will be in place from 11:30am until 9pm at Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Whitehall, Millbank, Old Palace Yard, St.Margaret’s Street, Bridge Street, Broad Sanctuary, Victoria Street and Horseferry Road between Millbank and Marsham Street.
- On Saturday 18 September, the Pope will visit Westminster Cathedral. Road closures will affect Victoria Street, Horseferry Road and the surrounding area until around lunchtime. In the evening, the Pope will attend a prayer vigil in Hyde Park. Note that only those people with ‘pilgrim passes’ will be allowed entry to this event. Check with your local diocese for availability. Drop-off and pick up will not be permitted and public transport is highly recommended.
TfL advises drivers to avoid the central London area unless absolutely necessary during the Pope’s visit.