Thursday 30 December 2021

Transport for London - travel advice New Year


Weekend travel information


There will be changes to the operating hours of our services over the New Year weekend, with full details below. Most public transport will still be operating as usual. Like many businesses around the country, we are experiencing the effects of the pandemic with a number of staff ill due to Covid or self isolating.

There will still be a wide range of travel options. While we continue to do all we can to keep operating a normal service, we advise everyone to check our website and the TfL Go app before they travel, as services may be affected at short notice by staff absences. 

Our main updates are outlined below but for details of the services running each day, visit our festive travel pages. Timetables may change across the TfL network between New Year's Eve and Monday 3 January, so check before you travel.

You must wear face coverings for the duration of your journey or risk being fined, unless you are exempt

Additionally, face coverings should be worn by everyone in taxi and private hire vehicles for the duration of their journey.

TfL’s 500 uniformed enforcement officers and TfL's police partners will be out across the transport network ensuring that customers comply with the Government regulation. Anybody who does not comply may be refused entry, directed to leave the network or face a fine.

Festive services

TfL services will run throughout New Year, but some planned works and service changes will affect some public transport and road travel:
  • Most Tube, rail and bus services will run all night on New Year's Eve, but TfL is not able to provide free travel overnight
For more information, visit our New Year's Eve travel page

No Southern rail or Gatwick Express services from Victoria

Until Monday 3 January, there will be no Southern rail or Gatwick Express services to/from Victoria during Network Rail re-signalling works. 

Please use rail services from London Bridge for all Southern destinations, including Gatwick Airport and Brighton. 

Southern tickets will be accepted on the Tube between Victoria and Blackfriars/London Bridge/Balham. For local journeys, a replacement bus service will be running. Southeastern services will be operating from Victoria as usual.

To plan your journey, visit the National Rail website

London Underground


Bakerloo line

Saturday 1 until Monday 3 January

No service between Queen's Park and Harrow & Wealdstone from 03:00 on New Year's Day
Use alternative Tube services and local bus routes. Rail replacement buses will run. For more details, check our travel advice pages for New Year's Day,  Sunday 2 January  and Monday 3 January.


Piccadilly line

Thursday 30 December 2021, Sunday 2 and Monday 3 January 2022

No service between Acton Town and Heathrow

Rail replacement buses will run between Acton Town and Heathrow, while replacement coaches will run between Hammersmith and Heathrow.

For travel between Heathrow and central London, use TfL Rail services to/from Paddington.  

No service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge

Use Metropolitan line services.

Until spring 2022

Trains will not stop at South Kensington

The Circle and District lines will continue to stop and the station will remain open.  Find out more  information and travel advice.


Waterloo & City line

Until early January

No service on the entire line
Use alternative Tube services.

London Overground

Friday 31 December

No service between Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction until 18:15

Services will run to Battersea Park, but there will be no onward Southern services. Use local bus routes 77 or 87 between Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction, or routes 156 or 344 between Battersea Park and Clapham Junction.

New Year's Eve overnight services

New Year's Eve overnight services will run between:
  • Stratford and Richmond/Clapham Junction
  • Highbury & Islington and Crystal Palace/West Croydon
  • Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/Cheshunt/Chingford

Saturday 1 January

Trains will not stop at Shadwell until 05:00

Customers for Shadwell station should use local bus routes.

No service between Surrey Quays and New Cross

Use London Overground services to New Cross Gate, then walk or use local bus routes 53, 177 or 453. 

No Night Overground services

There will be no Night Overground services on New Year's Day.

Saturday 1 until Monday 3 January

No service between Hackney Wick and Stratford

Rail replacement buses will run.

Saturday 1 and Monday 3 January

No service between Euston and Watford Junction

Rail replacement buses will run. Alternatively, use National Rail services between Watford Junction/Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston.

Sunday 2 January

No service between Euston and Willesden Junction

Use alternative Tube services and local bus routes. Rail replacement buses will run between Willesden Junction and Queen's Park. 


Thursday 30 December

No service between Bank/Tower Gateway and Poplar/West India Quay

For Bank/Monument, use the Circle/District line via Tower Hill and Tower Gateway. For Poplar and West India Quay, use Canary Wharf. Rail replacement buses will run between Tower Gateway and Canary Wharf.


Ongoing works on the Woolwich Ferry

No service on the Woolwich Ferry, expected to resume in the New Year

On foot, use the Woolwich Foot Tunnel or the DLR service between King George V and Woolwich Arsenal. For drivers, use alternative river crossings at Dartford, Blackwall and Rotherhithe.  

Buses and roads


The central London Congestion Charge will not operate from Saturday 25 December until Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive).

Find out more information about the hours of operation, daily charges and how to pay.

Bus journeys will be affected by timetable changes, planned road works and closures during the Christmas period. 


Planned road works

Westminster Bridge

Until late January 2022, Westminster Bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction for all traffic. This is while we carry out essential works to improve the security of the bridge for those walking and cycling. 

While the works take place, delays across Westminster Bridge are likely and roads in the surrounding area are expected to be busy.

A40 Westway

Until summer 2022, there will be a series of overnight lane closures and weekend directional closures on the A40 Westway while we carry out essential maintenance work. The next eastbound closure will take place from 22:00 on Saturday 8 until 10:00 on Sunday 9 January 2022. Plan ahead and check before you travel. For more details, visit our A40 Westway travel advice page

Additional closures

There will also be planned works on:
  • Brixton Road (until Monday 3 January)
  • Marylebone Road (until Tuesday 4 January)
  • A40 Westway eastbound (until March 2022)
  • Hammersmith Gyratory (until 1 April 2022)
Please plan ahead and check before you travel.

Santander Cycles


Santander Cycles will be available throughout the festive period.

The following docking stations are suspended this weekend:


Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea

Harrington Square 2, Camden Town

Lindfield Street, Poplar

Sackville Street, Mayfair


Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

See the latest update on docking station availability

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Royal Museums Greenwich - 2021 at Royal Museums Greenwich


It’s been a challenging but wonderful year at Royal Museums Greenwich. From opening our doors again and introducing you to our awe-inspiring exhibitions and collections, to welcoming RRS Sir David Attenborough and hosting Ice Worlds, a 3-day festival of fun, learning and creativity. Below is just snapshot of our most exciting stories we have told this year.
We want to thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you in 2022.
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