Commuters avoid congestion

Thousands of commuters will face travelling problems this weekend due to Notting Hill festival, but Maida Vale residents plan to avoid the over sized crowds this year by walking.

Notting Hill Carnival is held every August bank holiday weekend and is expected to attract over 1 million people.

Maida Vale tube station proves to be useful to any commuters coming from Central London.

Instead of getting off in Notting Hill hotspots they can get off at Maida Vale tube station on the Bakerloo line and walk from there directly to Westbourne park, where the carnival begins.

Tube worker, Warren James, 44, Portsmouth said: “People will walk from Maida Vale tube station to Westbourne Park as it is easier for them then going to a closer station, a leaflet of open and closed stations will be provided to commuters.

“I haven’t been informed about anything else, to be honest I think that TFL have been concentrating more on the Paralympic games.”

The affected tube stations will be; Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road, Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak and Westbourne Park.

Local resident Paul Weaver, 34, Maida vale, said: “Notting hill festival is a great time to meet up with friends, get drunk and stagger back home. I’ve been going for about 4 or 5 years now. Instead of getting the tube I walk to avoid the busy crowds.”

Another local resident also said that to avoid the big crowds she would be walking to the festival from Maida Vale.

Resident Amelia Cartridge, 25, Maida Vale, said: “There is a whole group of us going this year, it should be really fun as I’ve never been before. My friends have been there several times before and they have suggested that I walk because it is a lot more easier.”

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