Jubilee Weekend: London passengers advised to allow extra time

Thameslink and Great Northern are advising people travelling by train over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend to plan their journey in advance and allow extra time to travel.

Trains and stations will be exceptionally busy over the weekend because of the many events taking place, especially when crowds are leaving the bigger events.

As well as the Jubilee celebrations in central London, these include concerts at Knebworth Park and the Emirates Stadium, and festivals at Bedford, Luton and Hatfield.

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Rail travellers to and from the Liam Gallagher concerts at Knebworth Park are encouraged to use Stevenage station, which has a more frequent service than the much smaller Knebworth.

Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Thameslink and Great Northern, said: “We’re going to run some trains with extra carriages, and event organisers are working with us to encourage visitors to plan their travel carefully and consider all their transport options and possible alternatives.

“There may be queues at some stations before and after the bigger events. We’ll be ready with additional staff and queuing systems, but you may not be able to board the first train. If you’re relying on the last train of the day, please make sure you know when it’s due to leave and allow plenty of extra time to catch it.”

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All passengers should plan and re-check their Jubilee Weekend journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

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