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Friday, 14 August 2015

Road closures announced for VJ Day celebrations

Tomorrow will be the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) in central London. The celebrations will be led by the Ministry of Defence with the Royal British Legion. Events on the day will begin with a special commemoration on Horse Guards Parade attended by senior political and military representatives, veterans and their families.

Following this event, current members of the armed forces will lead veterans and their families in a VJ Parade down Whitehall, past the Cenotaph and the statue of Field Marshal Lord Slim. After the parade, veterans and their families will be hosted at a 70th anniversary reception. There will be a flypast over Horse Guards Parade at 2pm of historic aircraft of the era, including aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

There will be a substantial security operation around the days events which will include a number of road closures around the Whitehall/St James's Park area.

In detail, these are as follows:

  • Horse Guards Road closed 
  • Constitution Hill closed 
  • The Mall closed
  • Marlborough Road closed 
  • Spur Road closed 
  • Birdcage Walk closed 
  • Parliament Street closed 
  • Whitehall closed
  • Great Scotland Yard closed 
  • Whitehall Place closed 
  • Horse Guards Avenue closed 
  • Whitehall closed 
  • Parliament Street closed 
  • Parliament Square closed 
  • Bridge Street closed
  • St Margaret Street closed 
  • Abingdon Street closed 
  • Millbank (north of Horseferry Road) closed 
  • Broad Sanctuary closed 
  • Great Smith Street closed 
  • Victoria Street closed 
  • Tothill Street closed 
  • Great George Street closed
  • Storey's Gate closed 
  • Old Queen Street closed 
  • Carteret Street closed 
  • Dean Farrah Street closed 
  • Dacre Street closed
  • All roads should be re-opened (subject to change)