Both Wembley and our Battersea coach parking hub – using New Covent Garden and Battersea Power Station – are now full. ExCel is filling up fast. There are no further big coach parks near central London that we can book, though there is a limited amount of non-bookable and small car parks on this TFL [...]
Bring your banners, pots and pans, and wear suffragette colours!
As well of the tens of thousands of women who will be marching with their unions on Saturday, there will also be lots of women’s groups and organisations and individual women coming along to make their voices heard and to highlight the unfair and disproportionate impact that the government’s cuts are having on women.
The March for the Alternative is expected to be the largest TUC event for decades and the first national mobilisation against the spending cuts viewed as unfair, too deep and too quick by a majority of voters.
We think it’s important to be prepared, so the day is both as successful and enjoyable as possible for everyone taking part. So here are our top ten tips for first-time marchers:
Just as important as planning your journey to the assembly area is thinking about how you will get home again afterwards.
If everyone tried to use the same tube stations at the same time, then there will be big delays. So we have three top tips for getting home after the event.
Our three top tips for getting home after the event are:
- stagger departures – We are deliberately breaking the rally into four segments to give early arrivals the chance to leave. This will also give late arrivals an opportunity to get closer to the stage.
- avoid the nearest stations if you can – There are many more public transport options if you are prepared for a short walk. Below you will find advice and maps that can help you avoid the nearest tube stations.
- keep on top of travel news – we will use the giant screens, dot matrix displays that we are installing in Hyde Park, announcements from the stage and of course the @march26march Twitter account to provide the latest travel information that we have. We will be working closely on the day with Transport for London to provide information.
We know the march is going to be huge. This is exactly as we want it to be. It will be the sheer numbers involved that will send a powerful message to the government.
But large numbers will put pressure on our assembly area and on transport to and from the event. So we have put together some briefings and advice on how best to get to and from the march and rally. We obviously cannot guarantee hassle-free journeys, but we hope this advice will help.