Putney Buses Will Be Affected By Lumiere

As Capital’s new light festival gets underway commuters warned to plan journeys

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London’s first Lumiere festival takes place from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January, with spectacular illuminations, animations and installations by a host of international artists at 19 locations in the West End and King’s Cross over four nights. Lumiere London is a free event devised by acclaimed creative producers Artichoke and backed by the Mayor of London. Transport for London (TfL) is advising Londoners to plan their journeys in advance of the biggest-ever light festival to hit the Capital.

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There will be a number of road closures and bus diversions in central London before, during and after the festival over the four nights. On event days the closures in the West End will be in place from 16:30 to 23:30 and will affect traffic in central London. From 16:00 on event days there will be bus service changes in the West End and bus journeys are expected to take longer.

Journey changes for Putney buses:

14: eastbound services towards Warren Street from Piccadilly will be diverted at St James's Street via Pall Mall, Regent Street St James's onto Shaftesbury Avenue. Westbound services towards Putney Heath from Shaftesbury Avenue will be diverted via Great Windmill Street, Haymarket onto Piccadilly

22: terminates at Green Park from the west, from 17:00 until Piccadilly reopens

All affected bus routes will be: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19, 22, 23, 25, 38, 55, 73, 88, 94, 197, 139, 159, 189, 390, 453, C2.

Drivers are advised to avoid the festival zone from 16.30 and to expect longer journeys if driving in central London after that time, particularly on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 January. Drivers should plan ahead and allow more time to complete their journeys, more information is available at – www. tfl.gov.uk/Lumiere

Whether you are attending the festival which runs from 18:30 to 22:30 each evening, or have other business in the vicinity, you are advised to plan ahead as the easiest way to get around will be by foot or the Tube. London Underground stations in and around the festival areas, particularly Oxford Circus, are expected to be busier than usual between 17:00 and 20:00, so customers are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January there will be no Jubilee line service between Waterloo and Stanmore due to planned engineering works.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
“The Lumiere Festival is a great post Christmas event that will create a fantastic opportunity for Londoners and visitors to see some stunning art work in the heart of the city. I would encourage everyone going to the event, or planning to travel to and from the areas where it will take place, to plan their journeys in advance to get around without delay and to make the most of this exciting new festival.”

Detailed information about how to make the most of the festival is available at – www.tfl.gov.uk/lumiere and www.visitlondon.com/lumiere.

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January 12, 2016