PLANNED road closures for the royal wedding in Windsor have been revealed by the council this week as part of a bid to allow residents and businesses to prepare a month in advance.

The long list of town centre closures will kick-in the day before the wedding on Friday, May 18 at 10pm, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has said.

Windsor town centre is expected to be 'extremely busy' on May 19 as the town welcomes visitors and well-wishers from across the world to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to former actress, American Meghan Markle.

As reported by The Observer on March 30, a ring of steel is to be introduced to Windsor for the wedding which includes the road closures, more hostile mitigation barriers, police check-points and security checks at the railway stations.

The roads will remain closed until the Saturday evening and a final decision will be made as to what time the roads can reopen on the day, the council said. Residents living inside the road closure area will be permitted to leave during the closures – but only emergency services vehicles will be allowed to enter.

  • Roads closed from 10pm on May 18, along the procession route, will be: Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Park Street, St Albans Street, Market Street, Queen Charlotte Street, Thames Street, River Street, Brook Street, Windsor Greys Roundabout A308 (Peanut roundabout), and Albert Road A308.
  • There will be a number of additional closures from 6am on May 19. These are: Maidenhead Road, Clarence Road, Alma Road, St Leonards Road, Frances Road, Barry Avenue, and Datchet Road.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our preparations are well underway to make this a joyful occasion for all involved and as part of this we are working closely with Thames Valley Police to manage access to the town centre appropriately.

“To ensure everyone’s safety on the day of the royal wedding we will be closing the roads into Windsor town centre to allow the safe movement of visitors and residents on what we expect to be an extremely busy day in town.

“Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be pre-booked park and walk and park and float sites outside the road closures with thousands of spaces available for visitors.

“We want to give residents and businesses advance warning so they can start to plan ahead and will be writing to those who live and work around the procession route with further details.

“However visitors are planning to join us in Windsor for the royal wedding, be it driving to pre-booked parking or by public transport, we encourage them to plan their routes early and check whether there are any changes to route or service they plan to use on the day.”

The council says it has 6,000 pre-book car parking spaces available at the Review Ground off the Long Walk and access to this car park will be unaffected by the road closures.

To reserve a space click here

To see a map of the planned road closures and diversion routes click here  

Residents and businesses to have their say 

Thames Valley Police and the Royal Borough are offering residents and businesses a chance to ask questions about preparations for the wedding and how they may affect them. The first of two online question and answer sessions is for businesses and takes place this Thursday at 7pm. A second session will take place on Thursday, May 3 when residents will have a chance to find out more.

The sessions will be similar to online web chats meaning people can log in from their own home. All questions can be submitted anonymously. If you want to take part, click here at 7pm