Wandsworth Celebrates The Jubilee As Street Party Capital Of London

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Wandsworth has been named the street party capital of London, with more being staged in the borough than any other part of London. However the residential roads which are staging parties and will be closed to traffic are all minor roads and should not pose a problem for drivers.

A map showing the location of road closures across Wandsworth has been published so that the public can plan their journeys more easily over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Live travel updates will be provided on the TfL website and via TfL’s Twitter feed. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/socialmedia for more information.

Wandsworth will be at the heart of the nation’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend with a huge royal festival being staged in Battersea Park to coincide with the 1,000 boat Thames River Pageant.

Tens of thousands of royal well-wishers are expected to flock to riverside walks, pathways and embankments to witness the river procession, while another 90,000 will be attending the festival in Battersea Park as the nation marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Bridges affected by Jubilee Pageant

Transport for London has also announced that many London bridges between Battersea Bridge and Tower Bridge will be closed to traffic for large parts of the day:

* Albert Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from 7am until 8pm.

* Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Bridge will be open for pedestrians only throughout. However, they are both likely to be very busy and the river pageant will not be visible from them.

* Vauxhall Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge will be open to traffic and pedestrians for most of the day but no-one will be allowed to cross them between 3pm and 5.30pm.

People heading to Battersea, and to other riverside vantage points are being strongly advised to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead. Overground rail and tube services will both be busier than usual, but are expected to offer full timetables. 

However, the bridge closures and large number of spectators heading towards the Thames on foot mean that many bus routes will either be diverted or will not run their full routes. Buses that usually cross the river between Battersea Bridge and Tower Bridge will not do so throughout the day from 7am to 9.30pm.

Parking over the Jubilee Weekend

People who do need to use their cars can park for free in virtually all the borough’s parking bays on Sunday, June 3, Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5.

However motorists should not park on yellow lines on either the Monday or the Tuesday. Yellow line restrictions are always enforced on bank holidays.  

Motorists who obstruct driveways or park unlawfully in specialist bays such as doctors' bays and mandatory disabled bays may also be penalised.

Similarly drivers should not park across dropped kerbs. These are found on virtually every street corner and allow disabled people and parents with pushchairs to safely cross the road. As well as receiving a penalty notice, vehicles that block these locations may also be towed away.


June 1, 2012