Half a million Brits to join in Queen Diamond Jubilee London celebrations

by Tiffany Millar on May 30, 2012

Over half a million Brits are expected to head to London at the weekend in order to  participate in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

In a press statement, the Association of Train Operating Companies commented that roughly 500,000 people will be travelling to the capital by rail, with a further 30,000 due to travel on coaches operated by National Express. In order to manage an increased demand, the majority of British rail companies are going to be putting on extra trains with additional carriages.

In a bid to halt delays, most engineering work will be put on hold. At least one route that is to be affected, though, is the vital Stansted Express - which runs between London’s Liverpool Street Station and the Essex-based air hub.

National Express said that its most active departure points, with regards to trips to London, are to be the country’s “Second City” Birmingham, Bristol, and Bournemouth. As Heathrow alone is anticipating over 775,000 overseas fliers, the capital will also be swarmed by foreign visitors. To welcome them, the west London-based airport has planned to lay out red carpets in arrivals halls and hand out patriotic Union Jack flags to passengers.

Not all Britons are to stay in the country and celebrate the Jubilee, however, as two million of them are expected to venture abroad over the next few days. From Heathrow, at least 115,000 Brits will travel to the likes of New York, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Dublin – as detailed by the Association of British Travel Agents.

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