The march will start at Temple Place on the Embankment and continue along the riverside to the Houses of Parliament, turning right into Parliament Square at Westminster Bridge.

It will then progress along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, joining Pall Mall from Cockspur Street.

From Pall Mall it will follow the route of the 1998 March up St James’s Street and then along Piccadilly from where marchers will disperse through Hyde Park. The March is approximately two miles long.

To approach the assembly area from the correct direction marchers should head towards the area around the Embankment and Upper Thames Street to the east of Temple Place.

The best train and tube stations to use are Blackfriars, Canon Street and Tower Hill.

Early indications show that even more coaches are expected for the 2001 March than came to London for the 1998 Countryside March.

The March Office is currently budgeting on finding parking spaces for 4000 coaches within London. Separate parking is being arranged for the disabled.

People travelling privately are encouraged to park at suburban train stations and take local trains into London, rather than drive into the capital.

The March Registration Hotline has been extremely busy with calls from all parts of the UK and from as far afield as New Zealand, Holland and America.

Charles Renwick, from the March team, asks callers for patience: “We appreciate the frustrations of many who are having difficulties getting through and we are taking ongoing measures to increase the call handling capacity.

“The Hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week between now and the March including Christmas Day. Once the initial surge of interest has died down, we expect it to be easier for people to register.”

People are strongly encouraged to register using the Hotline. Unfortunately the March Office regrets that it is not possible to process either faxed or emailed registration details.