Christmas and New Year Travel

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Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, a Saturday service will operate on the Underground until 19:00, and then a reduced service for the rest of the evening. Last trains will run at Sunday times.

A Saturday service will operate on the bus network with some exceptions. There will be no night buses and on 24 hour routes, buses will operate until just after midnight.

On the DLR, a normal Monday to Friday service will operate until 19:00 after which a reduced service will operate with last trains at Sunday times.

On the London Overground, buses will replace trains between Gospel Oak and Stratford due to major engineering upgrade works. A Monday to Friday service will operate on other London Overground routes with last trains departing from 20:00.

On Tramlink, a Saturday service will operate.

Riverboat services will be running a reduced timetable.

Many coach operators will reduce services from early evening, with last departures from Victoria Coach station leaving at around 21:00.

Christmas Day
On Christmas Day there will be no service on the Tube, London Buses, DLR, London Overground, Tramlink or on the river.

Boxing Day
On Boxing Day from 08:30 a Sunday service will operate on the Tube, buses and Tramlink. A reduced service will run on the DLR from 08:30 with trains every 15-30 minutes. There will be no service on the London Overground. There will be no Riverboat services except for the Westminster - London Eye - Tower - Greenwich service which will run normally.

London Underground hopes to run a Sunday service on Boxing Day. The leadership of the ASLEF union have announced that they are directing their members to strike on that day, and LU is calling on them to drop their threat. Passengers are advised to check before they travel by visiting

New Year’s Eve
Revellers planning to see in the New Year in central London are advised to plan ahead to take full advantage of free travel on public transport and in particular be prepared for large crowds, and long waits for the designated viewing areas for the fireworks display.

Peter Hendy, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “The New Year’s Eve fireworks display that takes place at the London Eye provides spectacular entertainment and is enormously popular, attracting large crowds that should be prepared for a long wait at the designated viewing areas along the Thames. As a result people with young children may wish to consider celebrating nearer to home.”

“For those wishing to brave the crowds and long waiting times, public transport will be the best way to get around the Capital on New Year’s Eve, and I’m pleased we can offer this for free, but I urge revellers to plan their journeys well in advance.”

There will be free travel on all journeys between 23:45 until 04:30 on the Tube, DLR, London Buses and Tramlink.

Tube, DLR and Tramlink services will run all night on New Year’s Eve. Some selected Tube stations will be closed completely or for periods at a time, the Festive Travel Guide lists these closures.

A Saturday night service will operate on night bus and 24 hour routes, subject to road closures in central London. More than 50 extra routes will be operating through the night to enhance the service.

Free travel will apply on London Overground trains running after 23:45 until normal last train times on the Watford Junction and the Dalston Junction to West Croydon, Crystal Palace and New Cross route, but services will not run all night.

London River Services will run a normal service, however after 14:30 the London Eye will not be served due to the preparation of the fireworks display. Some routes will operate on New Year’s Day, but a normal service will not resume until Sunday 2 January.

Some Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations will be temporarily suspended for safety reasons at various times through New Year’s Eve. For the latest information on docking station availability, users should check online at:

There will be a reduced number of UK coaches departing from Victoria Coach Station with last coaches leaving at around 20:00.

National Rail will operate modified timetables with additional departures between midnight and 02:45. Normal rail fares will apply.

London Overground
London Overground passengers should be aware that the Gospel Oak to Stratford route services will be suspended from 20:00 on 18 December until 27 December 2010 to allow upgrade work to be undertaken. The network’s Richmond to Stratford services and Shepherd’s Bush to Willesden Junction services will also be suspended from 27 December until 3 January 2011 to allow further upgrade work to be undertaken.

Congestion Charge
From Saturday 25 December until Monday 3 January inclusive, the central London Congestion Charge will be suspended and motorists will not have to pay. From Tuesday 4 January 2011 the western extension of the charging zone will no longer be in operation, more information can be found online at .

From 4 January 2011 the daily charge for driving within the Congestion Charging zone will increase from £8 to £10, however motorists who have a Congestion Charge Auto Pay account will be eligible for a reduced daily charge of £9.

Motorists can pre-register now for a CC Auto Pay account at with a credit or debit card and will have to pay a £10 registration charge for each vehicle on the account. Once an account has been set up drivers will only be charged for the days they travel within the zone and charges will be automatically deducted from their debit or credit card.

Dial-a-Ride will be operating every day over Christmas and New Year and all members have been sent details of how to book journeys over this period. For further information please contact Dial-a-Ride direct on 0845 999 1 999.

December 15, 2010