Travel advice for the day of the royal wedding

Published: Friday, 11th May 2018

With just over a week until the royal wedding visitors heading to Windsor to enjoy the big day and catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are encouraged to carefully plan their travel.

Crowds of well-wishers are expected to come to the town on Saturday 19 May and there are a large number of ways for people to get into Windsor, including park and walk, park and float, train, bus, bike and on foot.

However visitors choose to arrive they are advised to check their journeys, pre-book and leave early on the day to avoid disappointment.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy this celebration and a key part of that is making sure people are in place as early as possible.

“To ensure everyone’s safety the crossing points over the Long Walk from the town centre are likely to close around 11am so we’re encouraging people take this into account when they plan their journeys.

“We have worked closely with a wide range of partners to make this as easy as possible but due to the large number of expected visitors we ask people to plan ahead and leave early on the big day.

“There is going to be a real party atmosphere in the town throughout the day with local entertainers, large screens and food and facilities in the public viewing areas.

“With so much on offer in Windsor we’re encouraging people to plan ahead and arrive early so they can get a good spot and enjoy more of what our wonderful town has to offer.”

Inspector Gavin Biggs, of the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “We want as many people as possible to be able to come to Windsor and enjoy this day of national celebration.

“Our advice would be to arrive as early as possible, and to be aware of road closures and how to get into the town.

“For those people who are planning to drive to and from Heathrow Airport or to Legloand on the day, I would strongly advise you to plan your journey in advance and to allow extra time, as we expect the roads to be very busy on the day.

“For those going to Legoland, an alternative route is in place which will help you to avoid the majority of the traffic heading to Windsor.

“On the day, people will be updated about any further road closures or any changes to existing plans through a number of measures including social media, visual motorway signs, yellow AA signs and reports in the media.

“I would encourage people to monitor these channels ahead oftheir journeys.

“If you are coming to the town, please be aware traffic is likely to be moving slowly, so please be prepared for this, and ensure that you have food and water in your vehicle.

“We want to ensure everyone has a safe and happy day, so please make sure you take all the necessary steps to ensure your journeys are as straightforward as possible.”

For travel advice on the day please follow @RBWM and @ThamesVP on Twitter where the council and Thames Valley Police will be sharing the latest updates, including from a range of transport partners.

Driving into Windsor

Visitors planning to drive into Windsor are advised to leave early and allow extra time for their journeys. There will be a number of road closures from 10pm on Friday 18 May and a further series of road closures from Saturday 19 May. Details of these can be found online: www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/201038/royal_wedding/1391/road_closures_for_the_royal_wedding/1

From Monday 14 May AA event signs will be installed on the main approaches to Windsor directing traffic around road closures and along the best routes to reach the car parks outside of the road closure areas.

There are a number of parking options that will not be affected by the road closures including 6,000 pre-bookable parking spaces available at the Review Ground (reserve here), a park and float car park at Windsor Racecourse (reserve here) and spaces at The Windsor Boys’ School, which will be provided on a first come first served basis on the day.

A number of town centre car parks and on-street parking areas will also be closed or suspended. River Street will be closed to the public, Victoria Street will be set aside for resident permit holders, Romney Lock will be closed to the public and part of King Edward VII Avenue will be closed to the public.

The Review Ground car park can be accessed from the A332 (Sheet Street Road) which is outside the road closure area. Directions will be sent out along with the confirmation details when tickets are reserved. 

Those coming from the M25, Staines or Old Windsor will need to take the signed diversion route from the Runnymede roundabout along the A30, towards Egham.

Anyone who has not pre-booked their parking is advised not to attempt to drive into central Windsor.

Getting the train into Windsor

Windsor is served by two railway stations, Windsor & Eton Central and Windsor & Eton Riverside and GWR and South Western Railways are both putting on extra carriages on Saturday 19 May. Visitors planning on getting the train are advised to check their route well ahead of time and allow extra time on the day.

There will be queuing systems in place at a number of train stations on the network where visitors heading to Windsor are likely to be changing trains.

You can find more information about GWR services by following @GWRHelp on Twitter and here: www.gwr.com/royalwedding

You can find more information about South Western Railways services by following @SWR_help on Twitter or online: www.southwesternrailway.com/royalwedding

Getting the bus to Windsor

There will be a designated pick up and drop off point for getting the bus into and out of Windsor on Saturday 19 May at King Edward VII Hospital, St Leonards Road.

A number of local services and connections to the town will be changing on the day as follows.

White Bus

01 Towards Windsor - Operate normal line of route to Rangers Gate then A332 Sheet Street Road to Fernhill, A383 Mounts Hill, B3022 Winkfield Road, High Standing Hill, St Leonards Road, traverse the one way system and terminate at the site of the old bus garage.

01 Towards Ascot - Depart the site of the old bus garage then A308 Osborne Road, Bolton Avenue, Bolton Road, A332 Kings Road then normal line of route.

First Beeline

8 Heathrow T5 - Friday 18: The 2225 departure from Terminal 5 will not serve Windsor Town Centre, it will divert via Datchet. Saturday 19: All services up to the 0710 from Slough and 0659 from Terminal 5 will divert via Datchet. After 0710 there will be no Slough-Windsor or Windsor-Old Windsor services. Number 8s will operate Slough-Heathrow (via A4)-Old Windsor and return. Buses will pass all these points at the usual time. This service will remain in operation until the end of the day.

Courtney Buses

2 Towards Slough and Dedworth - This will run non-stop between Orchard Avenue (Dedworth Road) and Windsor Road (McDonalds) in both directions.

10 Dedworth and Heathrow - This will run non-stop between Orchard Avenue (Dedworth Road) and Datchet Green in both directions.

15/15A Eton Wick and Slough - This will not serve Eton High Street or Brocas Street, but will turn towards Slough at Eton College Chapel.

16/16A Maidenhead and Windsor - This will run only as far as King Edward VII Hospital where it will terminate.  Buses towards Maidenhead will start from King Edward VII Hospital.

600 Legoland - No Service will run

Reading Buses

Greenline 702/703 - Both directions. Services running as normal but diverted to only stop at King Edward VII Hospital.

Cycling or walking into Windsor

We expect usual bike racks to be busy and are installing more temporary cycle parking at the Review Ground. The easiest routes into Windsor by bicycle are along the National Cycle Network Route 4 (NCN4) which is clearly signposted on approaches from Slough/Maidenhead and from Old Windsor/Staines. Bicycles will not be permitted in the public viewing areas.

A map of all the main cycle routes into Windsor can be found at: www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-4

Cycling is not usually allowed on the Long Walk but this will be suspended on the day of the royal wedding to allow visitors to arrive by bicycle. People are asked to push their bikes when they arrive at areas where there are large crowds.

On the day there will also be a variety of clearly signed walking routes to help visitors to get into town, including from the variety of temporary car parks around Windsor. There will be stewards and Royal Borough Ambassadors along these routes to help visitors.

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