London Transportation Information
July 8, 2005
London Transportation Information
July 8, 2005 – Four coordinated explosions hit the London transit systems yesterday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 700. The incidents have caused major disruptions to the city’s transportation. NTA will do its best to assist in keeping you aware of travel changes in the affected areas.
NTA has spoken with several of its London-based members, including JAC Travel Ltd. and Sovereign Tourism Ltd. They are reporting that "London is in business" and that things are improving by the minute. Theatres and shops are open today and they encourage people to travel to London.
NTA transportation partner United Airlines has revised its ticketing policies for travel to and from London Heathrow Airport. Effective immediately, these new policies apply to all customers ticketed on or before July 6, 2005, for travel through July 22, 2005, to or from London on any United, United Express and Ted or United code-share flight. To make these changes, passengers should call United’s reservations line at 1-800-241-6522 by midnight on their original travel date.
For customers currently en route who would like to return to their point of origin, all rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, day or time applications, and/or minimum stay or Saturday night-stay requirements have been waived. Customers may make a change to their flight reservation on or before July 22, 2005 for any available flight to or from London.
Several other U.S. airlines have made similar changes:
- American Airlines (http://www.aa.com/): For passengers traveling between July 7 and July 31, rebooking is permitted at no service charge. Passengers who wish to change their destination will be required to pay the difference in airfare (or will receive a credit, if the new ticket is cheaper).
- Continental Airlines (http://www.continental.com/): For passengers traveling between July 7 and July 14, rebooking is permitted until July 31 at no service charge. Travel must fall within the ticket validity date. If Continental is unable to accommodate passengers or if passengers choose to cancel their tickets, they will receive a full refund.
- Delta Airlines (http://www.delta.com/): For passengers traveling between July 7 and July 11, rebooking is permitted until July 18th at no service charge. Should a change in origin or destination result in a fare increase, the difference will be collected at the time of booking.
- EasyJet (http://www.easyjet.com/): For passengers scheduled to fly on July 7 or 8, the carrier is allowing rebooking free of charge on the original route through Aug. 8.
- Northwest Airlines (http://www.nwa.com/): For passengers traveling between July 7 and July 22, rebooking is permitted until July 15 at no service charge. Travel must be completed within one year of the original departure date.
- Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com/): For passengers scheduled to fly July 7 or 8, the carrier is allowing rebooking through July 13 at no charge.
- USAirways (http://www.usairways.com/): For passengers traveling between July 7 and July 11, the reservation may be forwarded or delayed within seven days of the originally scheduled flight, at no additional charge. The length of the trip may not be changed. The full value of unused tickets may be applied toward the purchase of a ticket to an alternate destination, but travel must commence within seven days of the originally scheduled flight.
Transport for London manages London’s buses, the Underground, the Docklands Light Railway and London Trams. It also runs London River Services, Victoria Coach Station and London’s Transport Museum. They manage a network of main roads, all of London’s traffic lights and regulate taxis and the private hire trade as well. Visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk.edgesuite.net/tfl/default-home.asp for real time traffic information in London.
For the latest train information, visit National Rail Enquiries at http://www.nrekb.com/london_underground.html.
Eurostar (http://www.eurostar.com/dctm/jsp/index.jsp) says that they expect to run all its services as normal today and over the weekend. Passengers are advised to check-in at least 45 minutes before departure as trains are expected to be extremely busy. Those travelers not wishing to use tickets booked for travel before Sunday evening will be able to exchange their tickets for alternative Eurostar services at any point over the next 12 months (subject to availability). Travelers wishing to rebook should call 08705 186 186.
For more information, visit London’s daily newspaper, The Guardian, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/.