West end update

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations:

10th-12th June

This weekend there are a number of events in central London to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

  • Friday 10th June: National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Saturday 11th June: The Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade
  • Sunday 12th June: Patron’s Lunch at The Mall

Travel information:

Buses in central London will be on diversion or stop short of their destination in the run up to and during the events taking place between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th June. Link below detailing all affected routes:

https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/the-queen-90th-birthday-events#on-this-page-3

There will be localised road closures in Westminster on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June. Roads will be re-opened as soon as possible after the event, with some roads around St James’s Park reopening by 5am on Monday 13th June.

The following tube stations may be busier than usual on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June:

  • Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District lines)
  • St James’s Park (Circle and District lines)
  • Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines)
  • Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District lines)
  • Green Park (Victoria, Jubilee, Piccadilly lines)
  • Embankment (Circle and District lines)
  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)

For up-to-date information on Tube services follow@TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

Westminster CCTV Update

Following recent meetings and discussion relating to decommissioning Westminster Council’s CCTV operations, the decision was made at a Westminster City Council Cabinet meeting last night to decommission the Council’s current 75 cameras.

Providing CCTV coverage is what is termed a non-statutory council service. This means that it is not legally required and is at the discretion of every local authority as to whether they provide it. The crime and disorder CCTV system in Westminster is primarily used to provide reactive support for the police in securing arrests and prosecutions relating to crimes committed in sight of cameras.

Not being able to continue to subsidise this non-statutory service, when there are many other pressures on their budgets and where other partners are the main beneficiaries.

Heart of London and its partners throughout the West End are continuing discussions on this matter. Upcoming considerations include auditing the area to review what coverage there currently is from both public and private CCTV cameras to help inform a going forward approach.

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