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Transport bosses hail royal wedding day 'a success'

Crowds walk along Whitehall which will be part of the Royal Wedding Procession Route
Image caption Bus routes around Westminster, Hyde Park, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square will be diverted

Public transport has been hailed a success as hundreds of thousands of extra passengers travelled around London for the royal wedding.

Transport for London's chief operating officer, Howard Collins, said it had been a "fantastic" day.

He said Tube trains did not stop at Westminster for a short period, on the advice of the police, because of large crowds outside.

The Metropolitan Police estimate up to a million people lined the streets.

Mr Collins said: "We worked very successfully with the police and front line staff have done a great job.

"The crowds were fantastic and today has been a real success for London. This is a world-class city."

Up to 400,000 people were expected to travel by train into central London on Friday, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).

Train companies expected a 15% rise in passengers compared to a normal bank holiday.

An ATOC spokesman said: "Everything seems to have gone very smoothly and there have been no reports of any significant disruption. It has been a good day."

Network Rail said engineering work had been moved "wherever possible" so travel in and out of London would not be affected.

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