TFL | Road Freight Bulletin, March 14th

Here is your weekly commercial drivers travel update, which sets out changes and events that could affect your planned operations.

Advance notice
To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019, replacing the T-charge. Most vehicles will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.
The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight, seven days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone. Your vehicle may not meet the ULEZ standards even if it meets the current Low Emission Zone standards. The ULEZ charge will be in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and the London-wide LEZ charge.
Check if your vehicle is compliant.
For more information, visit our ULEZ web page.

A40 at Acton – From 8 April to late 2019, the A40 will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes for westbound traffic, 24 hours a day, and the speed limit will be reduced from 40mph to 30mph for safety reasons. This is for works to construct walking and cycling improvements between Acton and Wood Lane. Drivers should expect delays while travelling westbound, especially during peak periods (weekdays 14:00 to 18:00). Please consider re-timing your journey outside afternoon peak periods. For more information, visit our A40 travel advice page.

Highbury Corner – From 20:00 on Friday 5 until 05:00 on Monday 8 April, A1 Upper Street will be closed to all traffic at Highbury Corner. The A1 Holloway Road will be southbound only while carriageway resurfacing works are completed. These works are to prepare for the switch to two-way traffic at Highbury Corner on the Easter bank holiday weekend. If you would normally use the A1 to travel into / out of central London, using the A5, A10 or A41 could mean a quicker journey during the works. For more information, visit our Highbury Corner travel advice page.

Road updates   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.

A501 Euston Road – From 22:00 until 05:00 on both Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March there will be closures in both directions on A501 Euston Road at the junctions with Judd Street and Midland Road. These junctions will be closed eastbound on Monday 18 and closed westbound on Tuesday 19. Lane closures will be in place up to two hours before these directional closures. Traffic will be diverted but delays are expected. You are advised to seek alternative routes where possible. These works are to complete the Judd Street cycle route scheme.

Marylebone – From 09:30 on Friday 15 until Monday 18 March, lane three westbound on Marylebone Road will be closed between Luxborough Street and Chiltern Street. This is for Cadent Gas works.

Westminster – From 11:00 until 16:00 on Friday 15 March, there may be various road closures or traffic holds between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square via Whitehall. This is due to a demonstration.

Central London – From 12:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 16 March, there will be two marches and a demonstration through central London, both ending at 16:00. Up to 3,500 people will form up at Park Lane and at 13:00 will march to Richmond Terrace via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall.
At the same time, up to 1,000 people will march from Paddington Green to Richmond Terrace via Harrow Road, Edgware Road, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Haymarket, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall. Both marches will end at approximately 14:30, and a rally will be held at Richmond Terrace until 16:00. Some bus routes will be diverted along the marching route or stop short of their destination.

Twickenham Stadium – From 16:00 until 22:00 on Saturday 16 March, Twickenham Stadium will host the Six Nations rugby match between England and Scotland, with kick off at 17:00. Large crowds and increased traffic levels are expected in the Twickenham area. Roads likely to be affected include the A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station and roads surrounding the stadium.

Westminster – From 07:00 until 22:00 on Sunday 17 March, there will be various road closures and restrictions across the Westminster area. From 07:00 until 22:00, the east side of Trafalgar Square will have a single lane closure and Pall Mall East will be closed. From 09:30 until 14:30, Piccadilly eastbound will be closed between Hyde Park Corner and Half Moon Street.
From 11:30 until 20:00, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue westbound from Cambridge Circus, Haymarket, Regent Street St James’s, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and approaches, Whitehall and Whitehall Place will be closed. This is due to the St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Fulham – From 08:00 on Monday 18 until 18:00 on Friday 22 March, Fulham Palace Road will be closed in both directions at the junction of Beryl Road near Charing Cross Hospital. A contra-flow will reduce the carriageway to a single lane in both directions. This is due to Thames Water works.

West End – From Monday 18 March to Thursday 11 April, sections of Tottenham Court Road will be reduced to one lane while carriageway resurfacing works are completed. These works are to prepare for the switch to two-way traffic on Tottenham Court Road on the Easter bank holiday weekend. Sections of the new southbound lane on Tottenham Court Road will be for buses and cyclists only following the traffic switch. For more information, visit our travel advice page.

Old Street – From Wednesday 20 March until mid-May, work to remove four traffic islands on the approach to the roundabout will take place every night between 20:30 and 05:30. This is in advance of main works to restore two-way traffic to Old Street, which are scheduled to start in late May. Delays are expected on approach to the roundabout.

Tunnel closures A406 Fore Street Tunnel will be closed in both directions from 22:00 tonight, Thursday 14 March, until 05:00 the following morning A12 George Green Tunnel will be closed eastbound from 22:00 tomorrow, Friday 15 March, until 05:00 the following morning Blackwall Tunnel Southbound will be closed southbound from 01:00 until 08:00 on Sunday 17 March A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel will be closed in both directions from 22:00 on Monday 18 March until 05:00 the following morning

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