We have just received confirmation that the Olympic and Paralympic Victory Parade will take place on Monday 10 September extending the likelihood of disruptions to travel and transport by an extra day beyond the marathons and closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Sunday 9 September. London-based operators need to be aware of this so that they can plan around any disruptions and maximise the opportunities afforded by the large crowds.
The parade, celebrating ‘Our Greatest Team’, is anticipated to exceed previous victory parades in respect of its size and crowd numbers, with over 200,000 spectators expected to attend. Beginning at Mansion House at 1.30pm, a series of 221 floats will transport the 800 athletes through central London to finish at Buckingham Palace at approximately 4pm.
To accommodate the parade, road closures have been put in place for Monday 10 September. Roads around Guildhall, Gresham Street, Prince’s Street, Mansion House and Bank will be closed from 6.00am on Monday morning, with further closures in Westminster and the City from 10.30am. Whilst access for businesses will be maintained where practical, all deliveries must be completed ahead of these times. Click here for a full map of all planned road closures.
The roads will only be reopened when the police judge that it is safe, once the parade has passed. Access for businesses will be maintained so long as it is practicable.
Finally, a quick reminder that Sunday 9 September will see the four Paralympic marathons across London streets in the morning and the closing ceremony in the evening, making for a busy day for London operators. The marathons are staggered with the first starting at 8am and the last at 11.30am – this is the last day of free sport for the summer and if the weather holds the police are expecting large numbers of spectators. The closing ceremony starts at 7.30pm and is expected to feature a number of hugely popular headline acts, making it a popular broadcast event in many sites.