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TfL advises Londoners to plan ahead for Pride in London Parade

Transport for London (TfL) is urging residents and visitors to plan their journeys carefully this weekend as the city prepares for the annual Pride in London Parade on Saturday, 29 June.

The parade, a major event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, is expected to draw large crowds, making central London busier than usual. TfL’s Director of Customer, Emma Strain, noted the significance of the event, stating, “It’s going to be a busy one this weekend and it will be really exciting to see everyone come together for the parade.”

Most TfL services will operate as scheduled, but key stations in central London are anticipated to be particularly crowded. Passengers might need to queue before boarding trains, and some bus routes will be diverted or terminate early due to road closures. Additionally, Oxford Circus Tube station might close at short notice on Friday and Saturday because of industrial action, and the Blackwall Tunnel will be closed to southbound traffic until 5:00am on Monday.

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Parade participants are advised to use Bond Street, Hyde Park Corner, or Marble Arch stations, while spectators heading to Trafalgar Square or Soho should consider arriving at Bond Street, Charing Cross, Embankment, Tottenham Court Road, Victoria, or Westminster stations. Some stations may become exit-only if needed to manage crowd flow.

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This year’s Pride theme, “Every Story Matters 2024: Spotlight on Volunteering,” highlights the contributions of volunteers to the LGBTQ+ community. TfL staff and seven grassroots groups, including Pink Singers and Skate Gals & Pals, are being honoured through a photographic portrait series displayed at Vauxhall and Victoria stations.

In a collaboration with the London College of Fashion (LCF), TfL will also showcase a specially designed dress for the figurehead of its parade float. The dress, created by Robert-Paul Dragota, an MA Costume for Performance alum, will be unveiled at the event.

Emma Strain stressed the importance of planning ahead: “We encourage people travelling around London, whether for Pride celebrations or to other destinations, to check before they travel. Pride is an important celebration for us and this year, for TfL, we’re honouring the staff and community groups who put hard work and time into improving experiences for the LGBTQ+ community.”

For more information on travel disruptions and to plan your journey, visit the TfL website.

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