The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced that a “very limited” train service will run through the night on some routes as “unprecedented” crowds are expected travel to London to view the Queen lying in state.
The late sovereign will lie in state in Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September to 6.30am on Monday 19 September, the day of the funeral.
Reports suggest more than 750,000 mourners expected to queue in the capital to pay their last respects, although up to half may be disappointed as the queue will be closed if it becomes too busy.
The RDG has warned that London “will be exceptionally busy” and planning journeys ahead of time “will be essential”.
Passengers arriving from outside London should consider walking to their final destination in the capital as there may be “short-notice temporary Tube station closures”. Travellers have also been asked to avoid Green Park Tube station, next to Buckingham Palace.
The east-west Elizabeth line − named for the late monarch − will run a special service with 12 trains per hour on the central section from Paddington to Abbey Wood on Sunday 18 September.
“The rail industry is doing all it can to ensure people can travel to pay their respects during the period of mourning,” said the RDG.
“Where possible we will be running some extra services and customers should check journey planners for the most up to date information.
“A very limited service will be operating through the night on some routes, people should check journey planners for details.”
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