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The Independent

Mendacity in state queue might be paused if it reaches 10 miles



The queue to view the Queen’s lying-in-state might be quickly closed to new entrants if it reaches 10 miles, it has been confirmed.

The route for members of the general public ready to pay their respects to Her Majesty through the 4 days her coffin will relaxation in Westminster Hall stretches 6.9 miles over the Thames and alongside the South Financial institution to Southwark Park.

However airport-style zig-zag queuing channels have been put in each in Victoria Palace Gardens and Southpark, rising the total most size of the road to 10 miles.

New entrants to the queue might be paused when this level is reached, and might be halted altogether as the ultimate viewing time of 6.30am on Monday approaches, to attempt to make sure that no-one who joins the road might be turned away on the door to Westminster Corridor.

The Division for Tradition has consulted with behavioural scientists to attempt to decide how tightly packed and slow-moving queues are prone to be, with a view to make preparations for methods to take care of what is anticipated to be huge logistical operation.

There aren’t any official estimates for what number of members of the general public will be part of the queue, although insider mentioned they have been anticipating “way more” than the 200,000 who filed previous the Queen Mom’s coffin in 2002.

At any given level through the mendacity in state, which begins at 5pm on Wednesday, there might be greater than 1,000 marshals, stewards, volunteers and police available to help queuers and keep order.

These embrace some 779 skilled stewards per shift, assisted by 100 civil service volunteer marshals, 40 grownup Scouts, 30 members of the primary assist nursing yeomanry.

Some 10 members of the Pink Cross might be on responsibility for every shift to help these within the queue, together with 30 multi-faith pastors co-ordinated by Lambeth Palace and 6 Samaritans to assist with any private crises skilled by attendees.

In all, some 140 Pink Cross volunteers, 120 from the Scouts, 170 from the Salvation Military and 600 from St John’s Ambulance will assist with the operation, with 1,500 army personnel on stand-by if wanted.

Greater than 500 transportable bogs have been sited alongside the route, and the South Financial institution Centre and Tate Britain are opening their services to queuers.

Colored and numbered wristbands will permit people to reclaim their place within the queue after leaving to make use of bogs or fetch foods and drinks.

And stewards have been briefed to be careful for anybody scuffling with the lengthy wait, to allow them to be taken out for breaks earlier than returning to the queue if acceptable.

Estimates of ready instances might be issued by the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) by way of social media channels, in addition to by stewards on the bottom and huge screens which have been erected alongside the route.

Folks arriving on the Homes of Parliament might be instructed they have to should not linger as soon as inside, however should maintain the queue constantly transferring as they go by Westminster Corridor in two strains – one on both aspect of the catafalque on which the Queen’s coffin might be positioned.

No proof of incapacity might be required from individuals searching for to affix the accessible queue arrange for these unable to participate within the full queue, with stewards on the bottom utilizing their very own judgement to determine who’s eligible.

Authorities sources denied that warnings concerning the size and length of queues have been supposed to place individuals off coming to London to attend the lying-in-state.

The federal government desires as many individuals as potential to participate within the occasion, however desires them to be ready for the circumstances they are going to discover, they mentioned.

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