We want to make sure the event is accessible to everyone. We are making special arrangements for people who:
The main march is about 2.5 miles and the short march is about 1.25 miles.
There will be a special assembly point in Savoy St, at the start of the March, for disabled people and wheelchair users who wish to join the demonstration in a group. There are accessible toilets within a reasonable distance of this assembly point. This point will be separately stewarded and will feed into the march via a cordoned-off section along the side of the march. However, we understand that many disabled people will want to join their union or other groups in the rest of the march instead, so this will not work for everybody. We ask that people form up at this point from 11.00 onwards.
The size of the event means there will be major road closures throughout central London all day on 12 May starting quite early. Roads around the assembly point will be closed from early in the morning. However, it will be possible to drop off later on Savoy Hill (off Savoy Street WC2).
We need to gather requests for such access in advance so that we can discuss arrangements. Please email NewDeal@tuc.org.uk by Thursday 3 May.
For those who do not wish to walk the whole route of the march, we have arranged an assembly point at the top of St James’ St, close to Green Park Station. There will be accessible toilets within reasonable distance of this assembly point too. This will allow people to join the march for the final stretch into Hyde Park.
We will need people formed up there from 11.30 onwards and ready to go by 12:30. If you are being dropped off in a vehicle, roads to the south of Piccadilly will be closed from 11.00 and we cannot arrange exceptions for this as access roads will also be closed. However later drop offs can be arranged on the north side of Piccadilly.
People can join or leave the march at any point along the route. It is likely to be moving along Piccadilly from 12:45 to probably at least 14.30, so if people wish to arrive later by tube they can. Piccadilly, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are all on the final stretch of the march, of which Green Park has step free access (see TFL step free guide).
For more information email NewDeal@tuc.org.uk.
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We will also be including a number of temporary facilities within Hyde Park, to make access to the rally easier. We anticipate that people will arrive at the rally at approximately 12.45.
We will be able to arrange pick-up points for taxi/dial-a-ride and minibus style vehicles either within Hyde Park (though space is very limited) or nearby. This will only be by pre-arrangement and with a permit issued by the TUC. Again you will need to contact us in advance by emailing: NewDeal@tuc.org.uk by Thursday 3 May.