'Plan ahead' on royal wedding trips

Transport for London (TfL) is urging motorists heading for the capital to celebrate the royal wedding to plan their trips in advance and avoid delays on April 29.

The plea comes after the Metropolitan Police announced there will be road closures and parking restrictions along the route of the wedding procession, while nearby roads could also be closed during parts of the day.

However, TfL said its staff will ensure that the plans of Prince William and Kate Middleton's well-wishers do not get disrupted by the road closures and diversions.

The transport agency added that all Tube lines will be running on the day of the wedding, and as the occasion has been declared a bank holiday, journeys though central London will be exempt from the congestion charge on the big day.

Peter Hendy, commissioner of TfL, said: "There is a real sense of excitement surrounding the royal wedding, and a great many people will be coming to central London to be a part of the various celebrations taking place.

"We are working with our partners to ensure that everyone can get around safely and easily, and that people not involved with the celebrations can continue to move around the city with the minimum of disruption.

"All Tube lines will be running and our bus and streets teams will be working flat-out to make sure that the closures and diversions needed are managed smoothly.

"The whole of TfL is focused on helping to ensure a great day is had by all."

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