The big day is finally here and London is bracing itself for a massive influx of visitors keen to see Kate Middleton and Prince William exchange their vows. Some 400,000 are expected to make their way into the capital by train. The Association of Train Operating Companies has said that operators are prepared, many of which have laid on extra services for the day.
ATOC added that most firms will carry around 15 per cent more passengers than they would expect to on an average bank holiday. A spokesman for the organisation said that around half will be running as if it were a normal weekday. Network Rail said it aimed to keep any disruption to a minimum by suspending maintenance work on lines into the capital.
London Underground has also confirmed there will be no maintenance work and so all lines will be open today. All Tube stations will also be kept open unless there is any danger posed by over crowding. General Secretary for the RMT union, Bob Crow, issued a warning that the capital’s underground network was already under pressure and that visitors may be running a travel lottery.
Peter Hendy, transport commissioner for London, said teams were already being deployed to make sure that everything runs smoothly for those making their way around the city.
According to travel body VisitBritain, London will have an extra 600,000 visitors today. The Metropolitan Police will have 5,000 officers deployed or on standby to ensure the safety and security of those enjoying the festivities of the Royal Wedding.