Londoners travelling home urged to avoid Westminster: where to find alternative routes

Rebecca Smith
Westminster remains the only Tube station shut
Westminster remains the only Tube station shut (Source: Getty)

Westminster Tube station has been closed and a range of bus routes diverted after a terror attack at parliament has resulted in multiple road closures.

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A man was shot by police outside parliament this afternoon, after a car knocked down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. At least one woman has been killed in the incident.

What travel has been affected?

Travel has been disrupted as a result, with all approaches to Parliament Square closed off, while the Met has also told travellers to avoid Whitehall, Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge.

Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment Tube should also be avoided.

Buses in the Westminster area are being diverted or terminated early and those in central are delayed by up to an hour; London Underground is accepting bus tickets in Zone 1. Routes affected include 3, 11, 12, 24, 53 and 507.

You can check for alternative bus routes here.

As for the Underground, Westminster Tube station was closed and is now open for interchange only. The Jubilee Line is otherwise unaffected. Transport for London (TfL) has advised people to avoid travelling to and from Victoria station where possible too.

Canning Town station has now reopened.

Waterloo station is open as normal (though there are some disruptions due to earlier issue on the rail network).

National Rail has just said a broken down train at City Thameslink has meant the northbound line is blocked and disrupted is expected at least until 7pm.

Planning to avoid Westminster:

You can check the latest updates and plan alternative routes here and also check TfL's walking maps to check how long it takes to walk between stations.

This will probably be many commuters' best bet considering how jammed the nearby roads are.

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If you're already by Westminster, it's a 17 minute walk from Westminster to Waterloo station, or a 21 minute walk to Green Park instead; both on the Jubilee Line.

Embankment is also a 10 minute walk from Westminster station, which will give you access to the Bakerloo, Northern and District and Circle Lines - though it may better to add an extra nine minutes to your walk to get to Temple and avoid as much traffic as possible.

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If you're driving, this is the area to avoid, with traffic currently being diverted by police:

(Source: TfL)

Avoid these roads:

  • A3211 (SW1A) (Both Directions)
  • A3212 (SW1P,SW1A) (Both Directions)
  • [A302] Bridge Street (SE1,SW1P,SW1A) (Both Directions)
  • Canon Row (SW1A) (All Directions)
  • [A302] Parliament Square (SE1,SW1P,SW1A) (All Approaches)
  • [A302] Westminster Bridge (SE1,SW1P,SW1A) (Both Directions)

There is also severe disruption on A4 London eastbound, between St James's Street and Trafalgar Square.

A4 London - A4 Pall Mall in Westminster is closed eastbound between the St James's Street junction and the Trafalgar Square junction.

And if your normal route has been significantly disrupted, you can plan the best current route with TfL's journey planner.

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