Travel advice for the mourning period

Travel advice for the period of mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We recognise that many people will wish to travel to pay their respects, either in London, or at commemorations around the United Kingdom. This could lead to busy services and stations.

We will work as hard as we can to get you where you want to be. We expect services and stations to be busy so please plan ahead and check before you travel.

London travel advice

There are likely to be changes to normal routes in and around stations in order to manage queuing and demand and those travelling are advised:

  • That roads and public transport in and around central London will be very busy. London Underground and rail services will be the best ways to get around central London.
  • The Elizabeth line will run a special service with 12 trains per hour on the central section (Paddington-Abbey Wood) on Sunday 18 September to provide further transport options. The East and West sections will operate as normal.
  • London Underground will run as normal; however, some stations will be busier than usual, and some short-term safety measures such as queuing, closures, non-stopping trains or changes to the way customers enter or exit a station may be necessary.
  • To avoid Green Park Tube station if possible, due to high numbers of customers passing through and to keep capacity for customers who need step-free access. Other Tube stations, such as Victoria, Piccadilly Circus and St James’ Park, are within a short walking distance of Buckingham Palace.
  • Due to road closures, some bus services will be diverted or will stop short of their destination, and some may be running a reduced service.
  • That long distance services are expected to be busiest in the late afternoon and evening following the State Funeral and final procession on Monday 19 September. If you’re travelling shorter distances you’re encouraged not to rush home immediately afterwards to help ease pressure on tube and rail stations.
  • To allow plenty of extra time for journeys and to avoid driving where possible.
  • To follow the instructions of staff, event stewards and the police.
  • To remain vigilant and while travelling on the rail network report any concerns to British Transport Police by texting 61016. In an emergency always dial 999.

For up-to-date travel information please check National Rail, Transport for London or your train operator’s website.

Network Rail London stations

All Network Rail managed stations in London – including King’s Cross, London Victoria, London Waterloo, London Liverpool Street, Charing Cross and Euston – will be open 24 hours a day to provide shelter so people can safely wait for their trains to get home. Many shops, restaurants and toilets will remain open to help you be as comfortable as possible throughout the night.

Lying-in-state

If you’re travelling to Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster please note that there will be a queue, which is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.

Ceremonial events outside London

For information on ceremonial events outside London, please visit GOV.UK for guidance.

Useful links

Travel advice for the mourning period