What's the best way to get from Wigan to London ahead of the Queen's funeral? Here's the latest travel advice for car, rail and coach journeys
Three million people are expected to travel to London ahead of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19.
If you’re one of those planning to travel to pay your respects on an historic occasion – here is everything you need to know about how to get to the capital from the county. The biggest piece of advice is to plan in advance however you are travelling and to expect significant delays.
Travelling by car
The route to London from Wigan by car is pretty straightforward. The 229 mile journey would take you around four hours on a normal day, but long queues are expected the closer you get to the capital. Head southbound on the M6 until you reach the M40 and then the A40, which will take you straight in to the city. However, people are being advised not to drive into central London but to park outside the city centre and use overground rail services on the outskirts of London and the London Underground and to expect all stations to be extremely busy.
Today (Tuesday) several lines are already reporting severe delays.
For information on London Overground stations click here and for a map of London Overground stations click here.
For information on the London Underground click here.
For information on road closures in London click here.
Travelling by rail
You can get to London direct from Wigan North Western station – but services are expected to be extremely busy. Click here for ticket details.
Transport for London said: “We understand that many people want to pay their respects and attend ceremonial and commemorative events. This could lead to busy services and station closures.
"We are doing our best to keep our city moving and ensure that people can travel safely. We ask for your patience during this time, and that you plan ahead and check your travel, allow more time for journeys in and around London and follow the instructions of TfL staff, event stewards and police.”
Travelling by coach
Probably the best way to travel is by coach. National Express run regular coaches to London. Click here to find out where you can board and prices.
If you are planning to travel to London by any mode, these Visiting London pages may be helpful.