Posted in March logistics on February 7, 2011
We now know of about 500 coaches coming to the march, with more likely closer to the date. That this many people are on their way is fantastic news for the march, but it creates big problems of logistics.
There’s no way we can fit all of these into Central London, as end to end that’s about 7 miles of coaches. Dropping off at Embankment would delay those still coming into London, and people wouldn’t be able to find the right coaches in time as they set off again afterwards.
We’re currently organising a number of coach parks around London, looking at ease of access for coaches coming from different regions of the UK. Even though this will mean an extra stage to people’s journeys on public transport, avoiding a snarl-up in Central London should still get people there and back more quickly and with much less confusion.
The first coach parks we’ve been able to book so far are Wembley and Excel, which are used to organising large numbers of coaches and are near accessible tube lines in to the start of the march. Other locations are currently being confirmed in South-Central London, the City and East London, and we’ll be announcing these soon, as well as making sure people know the best routes to and from their coach parks to the march.
However, it’ll take a little longer to give individual coach organisers more information about their own locations, as we have to balance considerations like access for disabled people’s groups and those with awkward equipment, such as bands.
So it’s very important if you’re involved with a coach coming to the rally, that you please do two things now:
- Tell us about the coach, so we can give coach stewards’ briefings and help you find a parking space.
- If you have seats left, add it to the False Economy site, to help people who need transport to find you.
UPDATE: There’s a bit more about coach travel on our 23 Feb update
UPDATE: More info on coach parks and drop off points on our 1 March update