Thursday 10 December 2020

Transport for London - Weekend travel information


Piccadilly Tube station with Christmas lights

When travelling, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose for your entire journey, unless you are exempt.
  • Wash your hands and carry hand sanitiser with you, or use our hand sanitiser points available in stations.
  • Maintain social distancing, where possible.
  • Travel during our quiet times.
  • Plan ahead. Use our travel tools, including our TfL Go appwalking distance Tube map, and our Facebook Travelbot to plan your journey.
  • Try walking or cycling all or part of your journey, if you can.

London is classified under Tier 2 of the Government's coronavirus alert levels. Here is our latest travel advice to help you get around safely to London's shops, businesses and venues this festive season.

We are here to get you where you need to go, but it's important that everyone continues to follow Government guidance on how to keep everyone safe.

Parts of London may be busier, particularly around the popular shopping and hospitality destinations, so we are asking everyone to plan ahead and travel during the quiet times so that social distancing, and keeping safe, is easier for everyone. The quiet times are between 08:15 and 16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays, and before noon and after 18:00 on weekends. On roads, quiet times are between 10:00 and 15:00 and after 19:00 on weekdays, and before 10:00 and after 18:00 on weekends.

    To find out more about what we're doing to protect our customers, including our enhanced cleaning regime, visit our coronavirus webpage.

    If you are already starting to plan your travel over the festive period, you can find more information on our Festive Travel page. If you plan on using National Rail services, you are advised to book in advance. Most of our network will be open, please continue to check before you travel.  We will contact you again with more travel advice for the festive period.

    London Underground
    Until further notice there will be no Waterloo & City line, no Night Tube or London Overground Night Service and limited Night Bus services. 

    Please check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

    See the latest status updates on London Underground, including a map of closures.
    London Overground
    Due to engineering work, on Sunday 13 December, there will be no service between:
    • South Tottenham and Barking until 14:45. Use alternative Tube, local bus or replacement bus service T between Walthamstow Central and Barking. 
    • Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:45. Use alternative Tube or rail replacement bus service L3 between Liverpool Street and Chingford.
    • Edmonton Green and Enfield Town northbound only after 23:00, and Hackney Downs and Enfield Town northbound only after 23:30. Use alternative London Overground or local bus services.
    From Monday 14 until Wednesday 16 December, there will be no service eastbound between Gospel Oak and Barking after 23:15. Use local bus services.

    Check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.
    TfL Rail

    Due to engineering work, after 21:00 on Saturday 12, and all day Sunday 13 December there will be a reduced service between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington. Trains will not call at Acton Main Line, Hanwell and West Ealing after 20:30 on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Use local bus services.

    See an overview of planned track closures for the next six months.

    See the latest status updates on London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Trams, including a map of closures and information about rail replacement buses.
    Buses and roads


    Limited Night Bus services are running and due to the following works, some buses may be diverted or stop short of their normal destination. Make sure you check before you travel.

    Regent Street Traffic Free Day
    Regent Street traffic free days are taking place 10:00 - 21:00; bus routes will be affected 08:45 - 23:00 on Saturday 12 and 19 December, there will be a road closure in place for all vehicles and cyclists. These car free shopping events are to enable social distancing during the festive season.

    Bus routes 12, 22, 55, 73, 88, 94, 139, 159, and 453 will be on diversion.

    If you are going to central London at the weekend, please plan ahead.  We recommend you travel at quiet times, before 2pm and after 5pm and consider using less busy stations:

    • For Oxford Circus use Tottenham Court Road, which is only a 9-minute walk away
    • For Piccadilly Circus use Green Park, which is only an 8-minute walk away
    Our West End Walking Map will help you get around. Please plan ahead and check before you travel.

    Greenwich - Creek Road work recommences from Monday 7 December until late May 2021. Bus services will continue to run through the area, with some bus stops suspended, please follow the signs to the nearest alternative.

    These works are to improve the walking and cycling lanes in the area. Enabling safer travel by providing more space for people walking and segregated lanes for cyclists. Find out more about Cycleway 4.

    Kew Bridge, Chiswick High Road - Kew Bridge will be closed from 20:00 Thursday 10 December until 05:00 the following morning. 

    These closures are due to works for Cycleway 9, which will provide more space for people walking and cycling in the area. Find out more.

    Bexley – Until mid-February 2021 the A2 Danson Road has been reduced to two lanes in each direction for traffic whilst we carry out essential maintenance to the underpass. Some works will require us to close two lanes in each direction but we will carry out these works at night to minimise the impacts especially during peak hours.  

    Wandsworth Bridge – Until summer 2021 there will be a series of lane restrictions on Wandsworth Bridge whilst the borough carries out essential maintenance works. From Mid-November there will be one lane northbound over the bridge for all traffic including buses. A bus lane will be maintained in the southbound direction which will be wide enough to accommodate cyclists. Footways will be narrower on both sides for those walking across the bridge. 

    Hammersmith Bridge – Following expert technical advice, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has closed the bridge to all traffic, including people walking and cycling – until we can be assured it’s safe.  We have made changes to public transport to help you make your journey across the river, including to bus route 533 which is providing much needed support for local trips. Please be aware this route can experience some delays and crowding during busy periods. For more information on alternative forms of travel and where to change services, please visit our travel advice page.

    For all of the above closures delays are expected, plan ahead and check before you travel, for the latest information please visit status updates.

    Check whether your bus is affected

    See the latest status updates on road travel.

    Santander Cycles
    The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
    • Battersea Park Road, Nine Elms
    • Bouverie Street, City of London (partially suspended)
    Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

    Find your nearest Santander Cycles docking stations.