|Get Ready For Rugby World Cup Fever
Plan ahead for your journey as public transport and roads will be busy
With the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup set to take place Friday (18 September), followed by the first match (England versus Fiji) taking place at Twickenham Stadium at 8pm, transport authorities and the police are advising that certain areas of London will be busier than usual.
There will be a managed closure of the A316 between the Hospital Bridge Roundabout and London Road 3 hours before, during the matches and for 2 hours after each match. Wider area traffic will be diverted away from the area on match days through physical interventions, signs, advertising and Traffic Demand Management .
If you can, please consider re-timing your travel or seeking alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey. To see a map of busier stations and lines, click here
Some buses will be on diversion and details of these changes can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/bus/status.
Some schools in the area have announced early closure to allow pupils to get home more easily and it's also an option that some workers might decide to take.
Trains: For Overground trains, commuters might have to wait for longer than usual at Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Putney and Richmond - queueing systems will be in place at major stations before and after the match. Fewer trains that depart Waterloo platforms 14-19 will be calling at Clapham Junction. Regulars should board trains on platforms 1-4 for Clapham Junction
Tubes: travel advice from Transport for London ( TfL) is that all tube and rail services from central London to and from Twickenham will be exceptionally busy from 16:00 to 18:30 and again from 21:40 until midnight on Friday.
This is likely to include;
The District Line between Embankment and Richmond
Piccadilly Line, between Green Park and Hounslow West
If you can, please consider re-timing your travel or seeking alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey. To see a map of busier stations and lines, please click here
If you would normally drive through the area around the Stadium, check www.rugbyworldcup.com/gameplan for information about traffic or road closures.
Ten of the tournament's matches are being staged at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. The Rugby World Cup 2015 is the third largest global sporting event. Between Friday and 31st October, there will be 48 games at thirteen venues. More than two millions fans in total will watch the matches across the country and in Cardiff, with an expected global TV audiance of more than 4.2 billion.