Major road disruption expected in London this Coronation weekend

As the nation prepares to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, the AA has issued a travel update reminding those planning to travel to London and those driving locally to expect traffic restrictions and diversions.

A recent survey of 13,364 drivers revealed that three-fifths (62%) have decided not to drive on the day of the Coronation (Saturday 6th May) and may use public transport or other forms of transport, such as bicycles instead.

The AA is advising the 12 million drivers who still plan to drive, to be prepared for some minor local disruption as some roads close temporarily to allow street parties to go ahead safely.

Check council websites for travel information on planned closures and diversions ahead of your journey to save time, fuel and frustration.

Nick Powell, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “The AA has a strong tradition of supporting the Royal family, so we’re pleased to be able to provide support with strategic signage for King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s Coronation just as we did with Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.

“Though the majority of people are likely to be travelling locally on coronation day, we’d still advise them to make sure their car is safe to use by checking the basics like oil level, coolant and tyres.

"There is likely to be some minor congestion in built-up areas as Brits party in the streets, so we advise drivers to check for local travel updates before they set off.

“Our patrols will be working as normal, and they’ll do their very best to keep our members on the move and will do all we can to get them to the party on time.

"We’d advise drivers to check their breakdown cover just in case the worst happens.”

More than half (54%) of respondents who are planning to hit the roads are in the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups.

Drivers in Northern Ireland are most likely to drive somewhere over the long weekend (53%) but those in Scotland (67%) and London, (67%) are most likely to leave their cars at home.

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