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Several roads in the heart of London have been closed to taxis and other traffic in preparation for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Transport for London (TfL) this evening relayed the new closures put in place by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to allow a rehearsal to take place.
Today’s closures follow those put in place around 8.30am on Monday September 12, where vehicle and bicycle access around St James Park and Green Park ceased. These closures were briefly lifted around noon.
There are now extended road closures from Tuesday September 13 to Thursday September 15. The following roads were closed from 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13:
Victoria Street at Artillery Row
Millbank from Lambeth Bridge
Whitehall from Trafalgar Square
The MPS will only allow vehicles essential to the success and safety of the rehearsal ceremony. Taxis and private hire vehicles will not be able to access these areas to pick up or drop off passengers for the duration of the closures.
From 5am on Wednesday September 14, Trafalgar Square, The Strand (westbound), Victoria Embankment (from Southwark Bridge) and Westminster Bridge will be closed. At 3 p.m., Victoria Embankment will be considered for reopening. At 3:00 p.m. Victoria Street will be closed from Bressenden Place to Artillery Row until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday 15 September. At 11.00pm Trafalgar Square will be considered for reopening (or sooner if possible) Park Lane and Hyde Park Corner may be closed at 3.00pm on Wednesday 14th September until around 5.30pm to allow crowds to leave the area. Park Lane and Hyde Park Corner will close again at 11pm until 6am on Thursday September 15. All vehicles, including taxis and private hire vehicles, will not be permitted to access these areas while the closures are in place. The MPS website and the @MetPoliceEvents Twitter feed will be updated with information on any further road closures. Taxi drivers have been urged by TfL to regularly check for updates and plan their journeys accordingly.