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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 November, 2003, 13:21 GMT
Disruption warning for Bush visit
Bus queues
Buses will be badly affected by the state visit
People are being asked to avoid parts of London that are likely to be affected by George W Bush's state visit this week.

Details of the president's movements have not been released for security reasons but disruption is expected in central London.

The Metropolitan police have said areas around Buckingham Palace and Westminster will be affected on Wednesday and much of central London on Thursday.

And Transport for London (TfL) warned of "severe disruption" to bus routes on Thursday when protesters are due to march through the centre of the city.

Rail services are expected to remain unaffected as will London Underground.

The Metropolitan police have issued a number for information on the travel disruption caused by the president's visit: 020 7593 7851.

The security services are to employ a policy of a rolling roadblock - opening and closing streets as Mr Bush passes - which the Met says will cut disruption.

A police spokesman said: "We hope to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. Some roads will have to close and we urge people to avoid those areas if possible."

We will be taking advice from the police and we will be ready to shut stations if it becomes necessary
London Underground spokesman

The Met says the worst disruption will be on Thursday with 100,000 protesters expected to walk from the Bloomsbury area through to Waterloo and along Whitehall.

TfL said the buses will be worst affected with some routes being cancelled altogether through central London.

A spokesman said to expect some delays to service on Tuesday evening, disruption all day Wednesday and "severe disruption" on Thursday.

"Bus passengers should be aware of the delays they face this week," a TfL spokesman said.

"And it is not just central London as buses in outer London areas may well be affected by traffic pushed out from central London."

A London Underground spokesman said it will be running a normal service but will be assessing the situation on a "minute-by-minute" basis.

"We will be taking advice from the police and we will be ready to shut stations if it becomes necessary," he said.

For up-to-date London public transport information call 020 7222 1234.


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