Logistics and Transport

From the Britain Needs A Payrise Website

What time should I get to the march?

The march will assemble along Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames from 11am on October 18. As we’re expecting a large march, it will take a long time for it to move off of Embankment, so it makes sense for people to stagger their arrival times, with people coming by coach from outside London aiming to arrive from 11am, and those coming from London and the south east using  public transport aiming to arrive a bit later.

Using public transport

Whatever time you come our twin mantras right through to October 18 will be “join from the rear” and “use a wide range of tube stations” so that we don’t overcrowd any.  That means do not use Westminster, Embankment or Temple underground stations.

The sensible approach is to use a tube station that avoids you having to make central London changes if possible, and that will get you near to the rear of the march. On the day we will use Twitter (@payrise4britain) and other ways to let people know where the rear of the march is located.

There are also planned partial line closures in operation on the underground. So far it looks like it will affect some of the ends of the Central line and the District Line. You can check the latest plans on Transport For London’s site.

Coach arrangements

Many organisations will be booking coaches or chartering trains to come to London on the day. Organisers are working with the False Economy website to publicise coaches and trains offering travel places.

False Economy are operating a special coach listings map to help you find your nearest travel options. If you’re organising a coach with seats available to supporters or to the public, please take a moment to add it to their listings, using this online form.

As the TUC have done for previous marches, They’ve booked coach parking spaces around London on the day. Coaches will not be allowed to drop or pick up from the march route or Hyde Park as roads in much of central London will be closed and the rest heavily congested.

Where people are dropped off and picked up will be a matter for coach organisers to agree with their clients, but marchers should expect to use public transport for the final stage of their journey. We know that is not always popular, but there will simply be too many coaches to allow drop offs nearer the march. And for most people it will make for a much quicker journey home as it cuts out the slow drag through narrow congested London streets. We’ve chosen coach parks to make the most of accessible onward travel options.

Most people will need to rejoin their coach at the appropriate coach park. This means that most people will also need to use public transport for the first stage of their journey home. If you would like to book one of our parking spaces for your coach, you can find instructions here.

Car travel

You may be thinking of coming by car, even though we prefer that you don’t.  No-one should even think about parking in central London.  Instead you should aim for a car park further away from the march and complete your journey by public transport.

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