A procession of classic cars and motorbikes will be on show in south-west London this morning to mark a police station's closure.

The Metropolitan Police's Historical Vehicle Fleet is moving to a new home in north London from Hampton police station, which will be shut next month and sold off.

To mark the occasion - marketed as 'Cop Gear' by the Met - iconic police cars dating back to 1948 will be part of a unique convoy through Hampton, Kingston Bridge, Richmond Park, Barnes and Putney.

The convoy will reach Scotland Yard at lunchtime and then its new home in Hendon.

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Detective Sergeant of the road traffic investigation unit at Hampton, Phil Haimes, said: “The idea is to drive them all on mass to New Scotland Yard and then on to Hendon where they will be based.

“It should be a nice send off.”

The convoy is due to set off from the station at 10.30am and DS Haimes has invited people to line the way and watch the spectacle, which will mark the end of an era.

The cars in the historical fleet include a black 1984 Wolseley, which featured in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee review in 1977 and the MPS Commissioner’s 175th review in 2004.

A blue special branch protection squad 1973 Rover P6, which was used to protect top people in the 70s during IRA troubles and was a dedicated royalty and Prime Ministerial protection vehicle, will also included.


10.30am - Depart Hampton Traffic Garage, Station Road, Hampton

Hampton Court Road > Hampton Court Palace.
Follow Hampton Court Road > Kingston Bridge
Through Kingston one-way-system towards Richmond Park.
Richmond Park (Dark Hill) > Priory Lane
Join South Circular A205 at Barnes
Follow South Circular A205 > Putney High Street > Over Putney Bridge
Putney Bridge > New King's Road > Kings Road > Eaton Gate > Buckingham Gate > The Mall > Horse Guards Road > Storey's Gate > Tothill Street > Broadway > New Scotland Yard
Arrive at New Scotland Yard approx 1200hrs

Where the procession will pass through south-west London this morning

1230hrs - Depart New Scotland Yard

Victoria Street > Parliament Square > Whitehall > Trafalgar Square

The Mall > Buckingham Palace > Constitution Hill > Hyde Park Corner
West Carriage Drive (Hyde Park) > North Carriage Drive (Hyde Park) > Marble Arch
Marble Arch > Edgware Road > Marylebone Road > Lisson Grove > Lords Cricket Ground
Abbey Road > West Hampstead (B510) > Fortune Green Road > A41 Hendon Way
A41 > Aerodrome Road > Peel Centre, Hendon
Arrive at Peel Centre, Hendon approx 1400hrs