Lumiere Festival Means Diversions for Some Fulham Buses

Four day event in Central London means changes for 14 and 22 routes

Transport for London is advising Londoners to plan their journeys over the next four days, during the biggest-ever light festival to hit the Capital.

A number of bus routes, including some serving Fulham, will be diverted due to road closures during the first Lumiere festival, running from today, January 14 till Sunday 17, with spectacular illuminations, animations and installations by a host of international artists at 19 locations in the West End and King’s Cross.

On event days the closures in the West End will be in place from 4.30pm to 11.30pm and will affect traffic in central London. This means from 4pm on event days there will be bus service changes in the West End and bus journeys are expected to take longer.

Journey changes for buses serving Fulham:

14: eastbound services towards Warren Street from Piccadilly will be diverted at St James's Street via Pall Mall, Regent Street St James's onto Shaftesbury Avenue. Westbound services towards Putney Heath from Shaftesbury Avenue will be diverted via Great Windmill Street, Haymarket onto Piccadilly 

22: terminates at Green Park from the west, from 5pm until Piccadilly reopens

All affected bus routes are as follows: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19, 22, 23, 25, 38, 55, 73, 88, 94, 197, 139, 159, 189, 390, 453, C2.

Drivers are advised to avoid the festival zone from 4.30m and to expect longer journeys if driving in central London after that time, particularly today and tomorrow, January 14 and 15. Drivers should plan ahead and allow more time to complete their journeys. More information is available at Lumiere.

Whether you are attending the festival which runs from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each evening, or have other business in the vicinity, you are advised to plan ahead as the easiest way to get around will be by foot or the Tube.

London Underground stations in and around the festival areas, particularly Oxford Circus, are expected to be busier than usual between 5pm and 8pm, so customers are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, says: " The Lumiere Festival is a great post Christmas event that will create a fantastic opportunity for Londoners and visitors to see some stunning art work in the heart of the city. I would encourage everyone going to the event, or planning to travel to and from the areas where it will take place, to plan their journeys in advance to get around without delay and to make the most of this exciting new festival."

Lumiere London is a free event devised by acclaimed creative producers Artichoke and backed by the Mayor of London. Detailed information about how to make the most of the festival is available at TfL's Lumiere site and Lumiere at VisitLondon.

January 14, 2016