Authorities in the United Kingdom are expected to welcome an influx of people from other countries in the next few days, especially on September 19, for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.

In this regard, travel companies have urged people who wish to travel to London to plan ahead, VisaGuide.World reports.

The train operating company, Great Western Railway,  has stressed that it will follow the same plans as those they had for the Royal wedding, which among others, included queuing systems, extra carriages as well as additional trains for certain lines.

“The rail industry is doing all it can to make sure that people can travel to pay their respects during the period of mourning. Where possible – we will be running some extra services, and customers should check journey planners for the most up-to-date information,” a Rail Delivery Group spokesperson pointed out in this regard.

The new changes mean that people are advised to check service details before travelling and also be prepared for busy trains as well as stations. In addition, during this period, restrictions on tickets have also been eased.

Holders would be eligible to get fee-free refunds on tickets if they were purchased before the announcement of the Queen’s death on September 8.

Local authorities also confirmed that there was a significant increase in demand for services since the plans for the Queen’s funeral were announced.

In addition,  National Express has stressed that there has been noted a significant surge in both enquiries and bookings on all London routes on the national scheduled coach network for travel through this week and the day of the state funeral.

 “We are working hard to raise availability in order to meet this additional demand but are already busier than normal, so our advice is to plan ahead and book in advance of travel. Normal routes and stops will be subject to change due to road closures. The latest information will be updated on our website and social media channels,” the statement reads.

It has also been reported that for four days, citizens will be eligible to file past Queen Elizabeth II’s closed coffin in the ancient Westminster Hall.

According to a report provided by the Guardian, a total of 750,000 people are expected to travel to London from Wednesday to pay respects to the late monarch. In addition, the public has been warned that they may face a total of 12 hours of queues in order to see her coffin in Westminster Hall.

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