Remembrance Day travel advice as tube strikes and pro-Palestinian march set to unleash chaos across London this weekend
- Heavy disruption is expected across London’s transport network this weekend
Severe disruption is expected across London‘s transport network this weekend, due to planned closures and a pro-Palestinian protest expected to attract crowds of around 500,000 people.
So, when will services be affected? How long will the disruption last? How should you plan your journey?
Read on below for everything you need to know about this weekend’s disruption to services across the capital.
On Saturday November 11, severe disruption is expected on the London Underground due to works on a new signalling system
London Underground trains cancelled this weekend
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There will be closures across the London Underground network on Saturday November 11, due to work being required on a new signalling system for some lines on the Tube.
This will see no service at all on the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Jubilee lines until 3pm on Saturday.
On the Metropolitan line, there will be no trains between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate until the same time, with customers advised to use Chiltern Railway services to London Marylebone instead.
As usual, the Waterloo & City line will not be running this weekend, as the shuttle operates from Monday to Friday, between 06:00 and 00:30 only.
There will also be cancellations affecting routes on the London Overground and Elizabeth Line this weekend.
Remembrance Day travel advice
To allow as many serving or veteran members of the armed forces to travel to the service at the Cenotaph as possible, transport has been made free for them on Remembrance Sunday.
To make sure they are able to travel free of charge, personnel should either wear their relevant military uniform or show their Ministry of Defence ID card or Veterans Railcard.
When is the pro-Palestine protest?
The pro-Palestine march will see demonstrators activists convene in the capital at approximately 12pm on Saturday November 11.
It will take place despite comments from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said the event was ‘disrespectful’, and Suella Braverman, who called it a ‘hate march’.
Metropolitan Police chief Mark Rowley said he could not ban Saturday’s demonstration simply because people felt it should not take place.
Scotland Yard last night gave the green light to a pro-Palestine rally on Armistice Day. Pictured: Activists rally in Trafalgar Square last weekend
‘The laws created by Parliament are clear. There is no absolute power to ban protest, therefore there will be a protest this weekend,’ he insisted.
‘The law provides no mechanism to ban a static gathering of people. It contains legislation which allows us to impose conditions to reduce disruption and the risk of violence, and in the most extreme cases when no other tactics can work, for marches or moving protests to be banned.’
Where is the pro-Palestine protest?
The organisers have outlined a starting point is at least two miles from the Cenotaph in Whitehall – the central hub for this weekend’s remembrance services – while reiterating that the planned start time for the demonstration should mean there will be no conflict with the Remembrance Day service in central London.
Protestors are expected to gather on the east side of Park Lane at 12pm, marching across Vauxhall Bridge to the US embassy in Nine Elms Lane.
Organisers, who have pledged to keep away from Whitehall and the Cenotaph, will not start their demonstration until 12:45pm, almost two hours after the two-minute silence.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is the main organiser of Saturday’s march, said it understood the political pressure placed on the Met.
‘However, we emphasise that they had and have a responsibility to withstand that pressure and act to uphold democratic freedoms including the right to protest,’ a spokesman added.
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