Here is your weekly commercial drivers travel update, which sets out changes and events that could affect your planned operations.
From 8 April 2019, vehicles driving in central London will need to meet new emission standards set by the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). The standards will be Euro 4 for petrol vehicles and Euro VI for diesel vehicles.
The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone as well as the Congestion Charge and London-wide Low Emission Zone. It will replace the Toxicity Charge.
This follows action taken by the Mayor on tackling the most polluting cars. For more information, visit our ULEZ web page.
Baker Street – From 20:00 on Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 February, Gloucester Place, Baker Street and sections of Oxford Street and Park Road will progressively close before re-opening to two-way traffic. Delays are expected on the A5 and A41 in both directions. You will not be able to travel southbound on Park Road from the junction with Gloucester Place. Use alternative routes where possible and leave extra time for your journey. You are advised to schedule local deliveries outside of the closures as access will be limited. For more information, visit our Baker Street two-way works page.
Rotherhithe Tunnel – Cameras are now in place to enforce restrictions 24/7. Any vehicles entering the tunnel that do not comply could be fined up to £130. Vehicles more than two metres (6’6″) wide, two metres (6’6″) high or that weigh more than two tonnes (maximum gross weight) are not permitted. This is to ensure safety and reduce risk of collisions. For more information, visit our Rotherhithe Tunnel page.
North Greenwich – Until Monday 11 February, increased traffic levels are expected around Millennium Leisure Park, with Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 expected to be particularly busy.
We are closely monitoring the network for congestion and will implement strategies to manage traffic flow if needed. Roads likely to be affected include the A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound and southbound, major junctions on Blackwall Lane and Woolwich Road and the Bugsby’s Way dual carriageway. Use alternative routes and check before you travel for a quicker journey.
Kensington – Until 20:00 on Monday 11 February, Kensington Road will have various restrictions and closures in both directions around Kensington Gore, Princes Gate, Queens Gate and Prince Consort Road for the EE British Academy Film Awards. Prince Consort Road will also be closed.
Westminster – From 07:00 until 20:00 on Sunday 10 February, there will be extensive closures in the Westminster area. From 07:00, Pall Mall East, Duncannon Street (between St Martin’s Place and Strand), Charing Cross Road slip (not main Charing Cross Road), Dean Street and Wardour Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Winnett Street) will be closed.
From 08:00, Charing Cross Road will be closed in both directions between St Martin’s Place and Shaftesbury Avenue and will be closed southbound between Denmark Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. Shaftesbury Avenue will be closed in both directions between Charing Cross Road and Piccadilly Circus, and also westbound between St Giles High Street and Cambridge Circus. All roads within the Chinatown area will be closed.
From 09:00, High Holborn and Hyde Park Corner junction eastbound on to Piccadilly and Piccadilly underpass may be closed if necessary. Trafalgar Square will be accessible via Cockspur Street, Whitehall, Northumberland and Strand. Cockspur Street eastbound bus only section will be suspended to allow general traffic use. Buses will be on diversion or curtailment. This is due to an event.
Wembley Stadium – From 12:30 until 16:00 on Sunday 10 February, Wembley Stadium will be hosting the Premier League football match between Tottenham and Leicester, with kick off at 13:30. Large crowds and high traffic levels are expected in the Wembley area before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected include the A406, A1, A40, Harrow Road, Wembley High Road and roads around the stadium.
Central London – From 16:00 until 18:00 on Sunday 11 February, there may be delays in the Blackfriars and London Bridge areas. This is due to a demonstration.
Central London – From 13:00 on Monday 11 until 16:00 on Friday 15 February, there may be delays in the Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road Parliament Street areas. This is due to a demonstration.