Form up and transport tips

This is going to be a big march. We are asking people to spend some time planning how and when they will arrive. It will be a better day for everybody if people stagger arrival times and plan to join the march from the rear, to avoid congestion and delays.

We will publish advice on getting home from Hyde Park soon.

Here is a map of the form-up area. You can download a pdf of this map.

Form up map

The march will assemble from Hungerford Bridge back to Blackfriars bridge. There will be zones at the front of the march allocated to unions, and we are talking directly to them about these arrangements.

But in a big march it is only possible to zone limited areas, and most of the march will be a mix of people from different groups and none. Indeed just as some want to march with their unions, others will want to keep with people from their community or campaign group.

We are asking people to arrive from 11am onwards with the march moving off around noon. But it will take a considerable time for the march to depart so we hope many people – particularly those coming by public transport – will arrive later. Our advice is to arrive from 11am until 1pm.

We are also asking people to arrive from the rear of the march when possible. The best stations are therefore Blackfriars, Southwark and St Pauls. Waterloo and Embankment are possible for those using lines running north/south. But Victoria Embankment will soon fill at the front, and it is likely that people who arrive at Embankment or other stations to the front of the march will be diverted along alternative routes such as the Strand. It will be much better to arrive from the Blackfriars end. (Temple will almost certainly be shut.)

It will make sense to get to the nearest station to Blackfriars that does not involve changing in central London.

Tube closures

Circle

Service suspended

District

Earl’s Court to Edgware Road Barking to Upminster

Metrolpolitan

Aldgate to Baker Street

Northern

Tooting Broadway to Morden

Victoria

Highbury & Islington to Brixton

We would therefore suggest the following:

  • District Line, Thameslink – Blackfriars
  • Central Line – St Pauls
  • Jubilee Line – Southwark – for coaches from O2 and Wembley
  • Bakerloo and Northern Lines – Waterloo – but walk to Blackfriars Bridge on the south side of the river along Upper Ground unless arriving early- If you are early then Embankment may still be appropriate, but listen out for announcements.
  • Northern Line (Bank branch)  – Bank and walk

If you are on other tube lines then you will need to change to one that easily drops you at Blackfriars, St Pauls, Southwark or Waterloo.

Listen out for announcements and follow Twitter as stations may be closed if congestion gets too bad.

We will also have stewards at some pinch points who will provide guidance.

Here are our tips if you are arriving at a mainline station:

  • Victoria – District to Blackfriars
  • Waterloo – walk to Blackfriars Bridge keeping south of the river (unless you are early and crossing Waterloo Bridge is still appropriate)
  • London Bridge – Jubilee line one stop to Southwark
  • Liverpool Street – Central Line to St Pauls
  • Kings Cross – Piccadilly Line to Holborn and walk from there or get the Central Line two stops to St Pauls OR Piccadilly line to Leicester Square and Noprthern line to Waterloo (or Embankment if early)
  • Euston – Northern Line to Waterloo – walk to Blackfriars Bridge keeping south of the river (unless you are early and crossing Waterloo Bridge is still appropriate)
  • Paddington – Bakerloo line to Waterloo – walk to Blackfriars Bridge keeping south of the river (unless you are early and crossing Waterloo Bridge is still appropriate)

Coach arrangements

It will not be possible to bring coaches into central London for drop=off and pick-up. This page has details of parking arrangements.

Wembley arrangements

Wembley will be an important coach park for the event. Wembley Park station is the nearest tube. Plans to close this for maintenance have now been dropped. Here’s a map  PDF download. The ‘P’ next to the stadium shows where coaches will be parking.

Wembley map

 

River boats

If you’re coming from South West London, or on a coach parking at New Covent Garden (mostly those coming to London from the south or south west), you might want to use a special easy riverboat service from Lambeth Pier to join the march at Blackfriars. We’re laying on a boat every ten minutes from 10am to 1pm, taking you straight to the best point to join the march, and it’s free of charge to marchers.

Normal scheduled riverboat services to Blackfriars Pier will be running too, and if you’ve a London travelcard for the day, you may get a discount on fares for those. For normal riverboat services, check the TFL website.

Arranging to meet friends or colleagues

We are strongly discouraging and will not co-operate with feeder marches for a number of reasons.

But if you want to meet with people to join the march to form a group we would suggest you get together away from the form up area and then travel as a group by public transport or walking on the pavements. Doing this on the Southbank where there are many pedestrianised areas makes sense.

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