Preparing for the Historic Westminster Abbey Coronation, Transportation and Crowd Expectations

Preparing for the Historic Westminster Abbey Coronation, Transportation and Crowd Expectations

…By Henry George for TDPel Media. On Saturday, May 6, the first coronation in 70 years will take place at the Westminster Abbey service.

The King and his wife will travel from Buckingham Palace to the church in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and thousands of people are expected to line the streets to watch the procession.

The first procession, known as “the King’s Procession”, will travel along The Mall, through Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, before arriving at Westminster Abbey.

The following day, there will be several celebrations, including street parties and an evening concert, and Monday, May 8, will be a bank holiday.

Crowd Expectations

It is difficult to estimate how many people will travel to London for the coronation, as it is the first coronation since 1953.

However, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be in the centre of the capital.


People are expected to line the streets along the procession routes, while others will gather at central London’s parks to watch the ceremony on the big screen.

Some may even choose to watch the coronation at pubs and bars.

Transportation Preparations

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that there are no planned closures across its network on the day of the coronation.

However, services are expected to be incredibly busy, so it is advised that people plan ahead.

TfL will introduce short-term safety measures, including queuing and changes to how people enter or leave stations.

St James’s Park station will be closed, Hyde Park Corner station will be exit-only, and Victoria station will have limited access to the procession route.

Congestion Hotspots and Disruptions


Tube stations around Westminster and those with connections to mainline railway services could see the highest passenger numbers.

TfL says services may be “very busy, particularly during the day on Saturday at key transport interchanges”.

Due to road closures from the procession and street parties across London, some bus routes will also be on diversion.

Visitors might find it easier to get around on foot.

Passengers planning on travelling to London for the coronation are advised to reserve a seat if possible and allow more time than normal for journeys.

Train Services

Southeastern and Govia Thameslink, which operates Thameslink, Great Northern, and Southern, will operate with an increased number of carriages.

Thameslink and Great Northern have confirmed that they will be running a Sunday service on all routes on the bank holiday Monday.


Great Western Railway will run “very early” trains from the west of England and South Wales to Paddington.

There will be an “enhanced service” between Windsor and Slough on May 7 and in the early hours of May 8 for the coronation concert at Windsor Castle.

South Western Railway will run extra trains between London Waterloo and Windsor.

On Sunday, May 7, work is taking place at London Victoria, which will mean no Southern trains to and from the station and no Gatwick Express services.

There will be a rail replacement bus service between West Hampstead Thameslink and London St Pancras International before 9am.

Analysis and Commentaries

The coronation of the King and his wife at Westminster Abbey is a historic event that is expected to draw in a large crowd.

This event is significant as it marks the first coronation in 70 years, and people are excited to witness this rare event.


Despite the absence of ticketing, it is essential to plan travel arrangements in advance as transportation services are expected to be incredibly busy.

Transport for London has made necessary preparations to accommodate the expected large crowds, including introducing short-term safety measures and making adjustments to station entrances and exits.

However, disruptions to some transportation services, particularly road closures and diversions, are expected, and visitors are


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