Previous Service Disruption Information


Below you will find historic known disruptions to our services that have been caused by such things as events, demonstrations, or road works. During the year, numerous events and marches take place in Central London, which require our routes to be diverted. Once we are notified by companies such as Transport for London or the organisers of events etc, we make changes to the route or temporarily suspend the embarking and disembarking at effected bus stops, to ensure that your day is impacted as little as possible.  

Extinction Rebellion: Disruptions to the service are expected due to protests in London on the following dates; 9th to 17th April, and the weekends of  23rd - 24th April, 30th April - 1st May, 7th - 8th May.

Sunday 15 May from 07:45 until 11:00 – Whitehall  in both directions will be closed
 
Blue route. Stops 13 & 14 will not be served.

Tuesday 10 May until 14:00 – Whitehall, Bridge Street, Parliament Square, Mill bank and Victoria Street from Artillery Row. will be closed
 
Blue route. Stops 12, 13 and 14 will not be served. 

Red route Stops 42, 43, 44 and 45 will not be served.

Sunday 8 May until 20:00 – St Paul’s Church Yard
 
Blue route. Stop 6 at St Paul’s will be closed. 

Monday 2 May from 07:00 to 14:00 – Vitality 10K 
 
Blue Route:  Stops 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 will be closed. With a diversion in place around the London Bridge area to Waterloo. 
 
Red Route:  Stops 5, 57, 58, 59 will be closed with diversions in place around the Shaftsbury Avenue area.

Saturday 30 April at 08:00 until Sunday 1 May at 18:00 – The junction of Fetter Lane and Bouverie Street & St Paul’s Church Yard will be closed
 
Blue Route: Stop 6 at St Paul’s will not be in operation. A route diversion will be in place around the High Holborn area. 

Saturday 30 April from 08:00 to 18:00

Part of Fetter Lane will be closed in both directions, but all stops will be operating

Extinction Rebellion: Disruptions to the service are expected due to protests in London on the following dates; the weekends of 30th April-1st May, and 7th-8th May.

Sunday 24 April 14:00 to 19:00 – Whitehall will be closed in the northbound direction only

Blue Route: Stops 13 Parliament Square and 14 Horse Guards will be closed.

Saturday 23 April and Monday 25 April from 08:45 to 13:00

Whitehall will be closed in both directions

Blue Route: Stops 13 Parliament Square and 14 Horse Guards will be closed with a small diversion in place. 

Tuesday 19 April to Friday 13 May 2022 - Closures & restrictions on Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street

Our buses will use the tour bus stop in York Road northbound (outside M&S).

Thursday 7 April to Friday 22 April – Bridge Street at Victoria Embankment will be closed, with the following diversions in place; 

Blue Route: All stops will still be served as normal with a small diversion around Parliament Square

Red Route: Stops 42 & 43 will not be served, please use stop 41 and 61 instead. 

Monday 14 March to Monday 18 April  2022 – Closures & restrictions on Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street

Buses/coaches/sightseeing vehicles are only permitted westbound into Chicheley Street and northbound along Belvedere Road.

Sunday 3 April from 02:30 to Sunday 3 April at 18:30 – London Landmarks Half Marathon

On Sunday 3rd April the London Landmarks Half Marathon will take place and up to 15,000 participants will run on the route as follows:-

Starting in Pall Mall heading east via Pall Mall, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square North Terrace, Duncannon Street, Strand, Lancaster Place, Waterloo Bridge, U-Turn, Waterloo Bridge, Lancaster Place, Aldwych, Kingsway, U-Turn, Aldwych, Melbourne Place, Strand, Arundel Street, Temple Place, Victoria Embankment, Puddle Dock, Queen Victoria Street, Friday Street, Cannon Street, St Paul’s Churchyard, U-Turn, St Paul’s Churchyard, Cannon Street, New Change, Newgate Street, Holborn Viaduct, New Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, Strand, U-turn, Strand, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, High Holborn (wrong side of road), Holborn (wrong side of road), Holborn Viaduct, King Edwards Street, Angel Street, St Martin’s-Le-Grand, Cheapside, King Street, Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, Wood Street, Love Lane, Aldermanbury, Basinghall Street, Gresham Street, Lothbury, Throgmorton Street, Old Broad Street, Threadneedle Street, Princes Street, Old Jewry, Poultry, Mansion House Street, King William Street, Cannon Street, Queen Victoria Street, Poultry, Cheapside, Queen Street, Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, Friday Street, Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, Dowgate Hill, Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street, Byward Street, Tower Hill, U-Turn, Tower Hill, Byward Street, Lower Thames Street, Upper Thames Street, Blackfriars Underpass, Victoria Embankment, U-Turn prior to Bridge Street, Victoria Embankment, Northumberland Avenue, Whitehall Place to finish in Whitehall.

Blue Route Diversion:- From London Eye to Imax Waterloo straight on to Stamford Street, Southwark Street to London Bridge right in to Tooley street (Tower Bridge Closed) right Tanner Street then right in to Druid Street straight on Crucifix Street right in to Bermondsey Street, left in to Tooley street to London Bridge then right in to Southwark Street then Stamford Street to York Road then in to Lambeth Palace road to Lambeth Bridge then right Milbank to Parliament Square then left in to Victoria Street to Victoria then left in to Buckingham Palace Road in to line of route

Red Route Diversion:- From Shaftesbury Avenue right to Piccadilly towards Green Park to Hyde Park Corner and then right into Park Lane and normal line of route.

Monday 28 March from 07:00 to Thursday 31 March at 23:00 – Resurfacing Works on Strand between Aldwych & Trafalgar Square

Westminster City Council will be carrying out resurfacing works on Strand between Aldwych & Trafalgar Square.

From Trafalgar Square left into Charing Cross Road, right New Oxford Street, ahead Bloomsbury Way, ahead Vernon Place, right Southampton Row, ahead Kingsway and right at Aldwych to line of route. 

Tuesday 29 March from 10:00 to 14:00 – Service of Thanksgiving Westminster Abbey

On the above date and times, a Service of Thanksgiving event will be taking place at Westminster Abbey. To facilitate this event, Broad Sanctuary and Victoria Street will be closed between Artillery Row and Parliament Square. During the event there will be temporary traffic holds between St Margaret Street and Abingdon Street to facilitate guest arrival and departure.

Red Route Diversion:- From Lambeth Palace Road at roundabout 3rd exit over Lambeth Bridge into Horseferry Road, left Greycoat Place, right Artillery Road , left into Victoria Street and normal line of route.

Blue Route Diversion:- From Victoria take Victoria Street then left into Artillery Road, left Greycoat Place, right Horseferry Road, left Millbank and line of route.

Saturday 26 March from 11:30 to 18:00 – Ukrainian Solidarity March & Vigil Park

A large group will form up on the southbound carriageway of Park Lane from approximately 12:30. At 14:00 they will march to Trafalgar Square via Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus and Haymarket where a rally will be held until 17:00. To facilitate this, police will close the following roads:- Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner between Knightsbridge and Piccadilly, Knightsbridge from Sloane Square (eastbound only), Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus (Including Regent Street from Conduit Street and Shaftesbury Avenue from Charing Cross Road), Haymarket, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Road, Strand (between Trafalgar Square and Aldwych) and Whitehall (between Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Avenue).

Red Route Diversion:- From Grosvenor Place at Hyde Park Corner will divert left Knightsbridge, ahead Kensington Road, ahead Kensington High Street, right Kensington Church Street, right Notting Hill Gate, ahead Bayswater Road to Marble Arch and left into Edgware Road and line of route.

From High Holborn left into Kingsway to Aldwych then Right towards Waterloo Bridge. 

Blue Route Diversion:- From Millbank left at Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary to Victoria Street, left Buckingham Palace Road, left Elizabeth Bridge, left Bulleid Way, right to Buckingham Palace Road and normal line of route.

Monday 21 March to Wednesday 23 March 2022 – Westminster Bridge Memorial

Due to the anniversary of the Westminster Bridge attack, there will be a memorial service taking place on Westminster Bridge on Tuesday 22nd March for one hour from 14:00 until 15:00 or until the event concludes. 

Barriers will be installed on the bridge which will result in a road closure in both directions from 21:00 on Monday 21st until 03:00 on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. The road will be closed again when the barriers are removed from 21:00 on Tuesday 22nd until 03:00 on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

Westminster Bridge will be closed to facilitate the event, the barrier installation and removal. This will only affect us during the event on the 22nd which is scheduled for 1 hour. 

Diversion from Victoria will be :- From Parliament Square, ahead St Margaret’s Street, ahead Old Palace Yard, ahead Millbank, left Lambeth Bridge, left Lambeth Palace Road to line of route. 

Monday 21 March from 08:00 until 12:00 Road closures due to demonstration at Parliament Square

On the above date there will be a demonstration, using parked vehicles, taking place on the roads around Parliament Square between 08:00 & 12:00. Parliament Square will be closed during this period. 

Buses towards Lambeth should divert via Westminster Bridge right into Victoria Embankment, left Horse Guards Avenue, right into Whitehall & line of route. 

Buses from Victoria should divert via Victoria Street, right Artillery Road, left Greycoat Place, right Horseferry Road, ahead Lambeth Bridge, left Lambeth Bridge Road, straight on to York Road and line of route. 

A guide will be at stop number 3 to assist & inform customers.

Saturday 19 March 2022 – King William Street closed southbound 09:00 to 17:00

On Saturday only between 09:00 & 17:00 follow diversion as above to Cannon Street and straight on pass Cannon Street Station and right at King William Street / Monument to London Bridge and line of route. 

Diversion will be :- Divert from Victoria Street at Artillery Row then divert via right into Artillery Row, left Greycoat Place, right Horseferry Road, left Millbank, ahead Abingdon Street, ahead St Margaret Street to Parliament Square and normal line of route. 

Saturday 19 March from 05:45 to Sunday 20 March at 20:00 – Filming Ludgate Hill

Ludgate Hill will be closed in both directions from 05:45 on Saturday 19th until 20:00 on Sunday 20th March 2022.

Buses will divert from Fleet Street at Ludgate Circus via left into Farringdon Street, left Charterhouse Street, left Holborn Viaduct, ahead Newgate left King Edward Street, right Angel Street, right St. Martin’s Le-Grand, left Cheapside, ahead New Change, left Cannon Street to line of route. On Saturday only a separate closure to above & diversion due to King William Street closed - see below. 

We will not be able to serve stop 6 at St Pauls Cathedral but customers for St Pauls can get off & on in Newgate Street at the Route 8 bus stop. 

Monday 14 March 2022 – Commonwealth Day

The Commonwealth Day Service will be taking place at Westminster Abbey. To facilitate this event, Broad Sanctuary and Victoria Street will be closed between Artillery Row and Parliament Square. During the event there will be two temporary traffic holds of up to 10 minutes between St Margaret Street and Abingdon Street to facilitate guest arrival and departure. 

Diversion will be :- Divert from Victoria Street at Artillery Row then divert via right into Artillery Row, left Greycoat Place, right Horseferry Road, left Millbank, ahead Abingdon Street, ahead St Margaret Street to Parliament Square and normal line of route.

Sunday 13 March 2022 – St Patricks Day Parade

From 11:00 a parade of 18 floats with approximately 6,000 participants, 8 marching bands will be travelling from Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square (southwest side), and Whitehall where they will disperse. The roads along this route will be closed from 11:00 until the parade has passed and it is deemed safe to do so. 

We will divert from Parliament Square to Victoria Street to Victoria and line of route.

Friday 25 February to 1 March 2022 – Parliament Street closure

Due to a Crane Operation the road will be closed to all vehicles except buses and including tour buses from Richmond Terrace and Derby Gate. Buses & tour buses ONLY will be allowed access with the assistance of two way, two phase temporary traffic signals.

Sunday 13 February – Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

On Sunday 13th February the London Winter Run will take place with up to 12,500 participants will run on the following route :-

Trafalgar Square, Duncannon Street, Strand, Aldwych, Kingsway, Aldwych, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, Holborn, Holborn Viaduct, Newgate Street, Lothbury, Angel Street, St Martin’s Le Grand, New Change, Cheapside, King Street, Gresham Street, Lothbury, Bartholomew Lane, Threadneedle Street, King William Street, Cannon Street, Walbrook, Bartholomew Lane, Threadneedle Street, King William Street, Cannon Street, WAlbrook, Poultry, Cheapside, Queen Street, Queen Victoria Street, Friday Street, St Pauls Church Yard, New Change, Newgate Street, New Fetter Lane, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, Aldwych, Strand, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

All roads will be closed from 07:30 to all traffic to approximately 14:00 when all roads will reopen with the exception of Horse guards Road, Parliament Street, Whitehall, White Lion Hill, The Mall and Pall Mall East that will remain closed until 17:15.

We will therefore not be able to serve the following stops during this time :-

Stop: 5 Aldwych
Stop: 6 St Pauls Cathedral
Stop: 7 Bank 
Stop: 8 Monument
Stop: 11 Victoria Embankment, opposite Temple station
Stop: 12 Westminster Pier
Stop: 13 Parliament Square Bus stop C
Stop: 14 Whitehall
Stop: 15 Piccadilly Circus Bus stop S
Stop: 16 Green Park
Stop: 17 Hyde Park Corner

The Blue route will divert from London Eye via Stamford Street, Southwark Street, STRAIGHT into  Borough High Street to Tooley Street, Tower Bridge, Queen Victoria Street LEFT over Southwark Bridge, RIGHT into Southwark Street, Stamford Street, York Road, RIGHT over Westminster Bridge into Broad sanctuary, straight on Victoria Street LEFT into Buckingham Palace Road serve stop number 1, left at Elizabeth Bridge, through Bullied Way, left into Eccleston Bridge,  Right into Buckingham Palace Road, left at Grosvenor Gardens, STRAIGHT into Grosvenor Pl up to Wellington Roundabout, down Park lane to Marble Arch ,turn around and back on Park lane towards Hyde Park, round the roundabout and left into Grosvenor Pl, left into Lower Grosvenor Pl, Left at Buckingham Palace road, Right at Buckingham Gate, left at Petty France, Tothill Street, left at Broad Sanctuary round Parliament Sq, straight over Westminster Bridge, RIGHT into Lambeth Palace Road, over Lambeth Bridge, right at Millbank, round Parliament Sq, over Westminster Bridge, LEFT into York Road left again at Chicheley St and right at Belvedere road.

Afternoon Tea Bus to follow the above diversions as well.

Tuesday 1 February to Thursday 3 February 2022 – Overnight  - Westminster Bridge Closure

Closure of Westminster Bridge Overnight 2100 to 0500 nightly. 

London by Night and Christmas lights tours on diversion.

Sunday 30 January 2022 – Piccadilly road closure from 08:00 to 18:00

From Pall Mall at Waterloo Place divert via ahead Pall Mall, right St James’Street, left Piccadilly to line of route. 

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January 2022 – Overnight  - Westminster Bridge Closure

Closure of Westminster Bridge Overnight 2100 to 0500 nightly. 

London by Night and Christmas lights tours on diversion.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January 2022 – Buckingham Palace Road crane operation & road closure
 
Buckingham Palace Road will be closed from Victoria Street for a crane operation outside Victoria Place. We will therefore miss this section of route and go direct to Buckingham Gate to Petty France.  

Saturday 22 January 2022
 
A group of approximately 5000 will form up from 12:00 at Portland Place. At 13:00 they will march to Hyde Park via Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, St James Park, Constitution Hill, and Hyde Park corner. As with previous marches with this group and similar, the above route may not be adhered to on the day and ad-hoc amendments will be made with diversions put in at various times. 

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Overnight  - Westminster Bridge Closure

Closure of Westminster Bridge Overnight 2100 to 0500 nightly. 

London by Night and Christmas lights tours on diversion.

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022 – Ludgate Hill crane operation

Stop 9 will be suspended to facilitate the crane operation

Saturday 1 January 2022 -  New Year Day Parade 

This is still going ahead but on a smaller scale & will be centred around Waterloo Place.  It is a ticket only event (1,000 guests expected) & is an indoor event. The only closure will be Waterloo Place southbound only from 10:30 until 17:00 which will not affect our route.

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