‘No one is booking trips at all’: Coach companies hit by Queen’s death

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Roads and railways are expected to be busier than usual as people head to London for the Queen’s funeral

While every type of business is expected to be affected in one way or another, coach hire companies said they were particularly struggling as funerals approach.

A spokesperson for Coach Tours and Travel Wolverhampton said: ‘We have had trips canceled due to the Queen’s death, no one is booking trips at all.

Paul Gregory, of Hill’s Coaches in Wolverhampton, is also struggling due to the events, saying: “We’ve actually had things called off.

“Because of the additional train services, we think people are more likely to use it than drive a coach.

“We think people are more respectful and using public transport, obviously there’s a backlog of drivers causing traffic.”

With thousands, if not tens of thousands of people expected to take to the streets of London, there is expected to be a significant backlog of traffic during the funeral.

Additional trains were scheduled to try to ease the day’s congestion.

Railway chiefs say demand on the capital’s railways and roads is expected to be “unprecedented”.

With so many people looking to get into the capital, local travel companies seem to be taking an unexpected hit.

Mr Gregory said: “We’ve actually had more requests from National Express for coaches to move the police.

“We canceled absolutely everything except one touring band,” he said.

Along with the transport rush, hotels and bed and breakfasts are expected to be affected, with hotels and overnight accommodation already fully booked.

Travel in the capital is becoming increasingly difficult, with train bosses trying to ease the stress by operating night services.

It is estimated that more than 750,000 people will be in London for the Queen’s funeral, many of whom commute from other parts of the country.

While local coach companies were expected to see an increase in business in this short time, it seems the opposite is happening.

Andy Byford, London Transport Commissioner, said: “I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that this is the biggest challenge TFL (Transport for London) has ever faced. I urge all customers to check before you travel.”

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