Thursday 18 November 2021

Transport for London - Weekend travel information


Weekend travel information

Dear Mr Grantham,

If you are out and about this weekend, please note that there are planned works taking place on certain parts of the network. There will be some future closures that may affect your journey over the festive period and in the New Year. You can find more details below.

Customers must continue to wear a face covering on our services and in stations for the duration of their journey unless they are exempt. This includes the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail networks, Dial-a-Ride services, the Emirates Air Line and the Woolwich ferry. 

We also expect and recommend the continued use of face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles by both drivers and passengers unless they are exempt. 

We are very grateful to the overwhelming majority of customers who have been complying with this requirement.

Wherever you're going, our network is safe to use. Our services are well ventilated with fresh air, and we ask that you please continue to keep windows open on buses. 

Please keep washing or sanitising your hands to help everyone stay safe. You can find out more about what we are doing to keep our services clean.

Our TfL Go app will help you plan your journey and show you the quieter times to travel. It also shows how busy Tube stations are throughout the day.

The quieter times for the Tube and rail are:
  • Between 08:45 and 16:30 and after 18:45 on weekdays
  • Before noon and after 18:45 on weekends
The quieter times for buses are:
  • Between 08:30 and 15:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays
  • Before 11:30 and after 17:30 on weekends

Planned engineering works


Travelling to or from Heathrow during the festive period

Travel to Heathrow Airport will be affected by planned closures throughout the festive period, from Friday 24 December to Monday 3 January.

Customers travelling to Heathrow Airport are advised to use TfL Rail services to and from the airport, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This is due to planned works affecting Piccadilly line services to the airport.

On Christmas Day, there will be no service across the entire network. Customers are advised to use a taxi and private hire, or alternative third-party coach services.

On Boxing Day, there will be no Piccadilly line, TfL Rail or Heathrow Express services to Heathrow due to planned works and closures. Customers are advised to use replacement coaches from Hammersmith which will run non-stop to Heathrow, third-party coaches or taxi and private hire services.

Piccadilly line services will run as normal on Friday 31 December and Saturday 1 January.

Check the Festive travel page for more information.


London Underground


Metropolitan line

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November

No service between Wembley Park and Northwood/Uxbridge

Rail replacement buses will run.


Northern line

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 

No service between Moorgate and Kennington

Use alternative Tube services or local bus routes.

Saturday 15 January until mid-May 2022

Northern line closures

The Northern line will be closed between Kennington and Moorgate from Saturday 15 January to mid-May 2022. This is due to work we are doing to substantially improve the capacity at Bank station. During this time, many stations and lines in central London will be much busier and you may have to make changes to the way you travel. Visit our website for more information.


Piccadilly line

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.

London Overground

Sunday 21 November

No service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction

A rail replacement bus service will run. 

No service between South Tottenham and Barking until 14:30

Use alternative Tube or London Overground services, local bus routes or the rail replacement bus service.

No service between Camden Road and Stratford after 21:45

Use local bus route 274 or the rail replacement bus service.

No service between Highbury & Islington and Dalston Junction after 22:00

Use local bus route 30 or the rail replacement bus service.

Monday 22 until Thursday 25 November

No service between Camden Road and Willesden Junction after 23:45

Use local bus routes.

TfL Rail

Sunday 21 November

No service between Paddington and Heathrow T5 until 06:30

Use alternative Tube services and local bus routes. 

Reduced service between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington

Trains will not call at Acton Main Line, Hanwell and West Ealing. Use alternative Tube services or local bus routes.

Monday 22 until Thursday 25 November

Reduced TfL Rail service at Burnham, Taplow, Twyford and Reading after 21:00 each night


Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November

Trains will not stop at London City Airport station (eastbound)

If travelling eastbound towards Woolwich Arsenal, please change at King George V station to travel back to London City Airport. From London City Airport to travel eastbound, change at Pontoon Dock.

Tuesday 23 until Friday 26 November

No service on all routes after 23:30 each night

Use alternative Tube and London Overground services, local bus routes and c2c or Southeastern services.

Buses and roads


Bus and road users may be affected by the following changes this weekend. We expect to run a good service, but buses may be delayed, diverted or stop short of their normal destination.


Friday 19 November

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

The annual event, Winter Wonderland, returns to Hyde Park this Friday 19 November from 10:00 until 23:00. Large crowds and increased traffic are expected.

Saturday 20 November

Twickenham Rugby Stadium

A rugby match between England and South Africa will take place this Saturday, kick-off is at 15:15. The surrounding area will be busy before and after the game. 

King's Road, Chelsea

The Christmas lights switch on event will take place this Saturday from 08:00 to 20:00. Large crowds are expected in the area.


A music event will be taking place at the Drumsheds in Edmonton from 17:30 to 23:00. Large crowds are expected.

Sunday 21 November

Whitehall closure

Whitehall will be closed between 08:00 and 16:00 for two wreath laying events, one for the Royal Tanks Regiment and the other for the Jewish Military Association (AJEX). Please use alternative routes during this time.

A316 overnight closures

Until Tuesday 30 November, a series of overnight directional closures will be in place on the A316 between Lower Richmond Road and Chertsey Road while we carry out essential maintenance work. 

Work will take place from 22:00 until 05:00, Monday to Friday, with westbound closures in place first before moving to work on the eastbound carriageway. You are advised to leave more time for your journey and follow the signed diversions. For the latest information on how roads are operating in your area, check before you travel.

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. 

From Monday 22 November to Thursday 9 December, motorised traffic will not be able to turn right from Westminster Bridge on to Victoria Embankment. A signed diversion will be in place around Parliament Square and Bridge Street. Cyclists will continue to be able to cross Westminster Bridge using dedicated cycle lanes. 

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

Please check before you travel and use alternative river crossings.

Santander Cycles


The following docking stations are suspended this weekend:


Alpha Grove, Millwall

Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea

Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury

Harrington Square 2, Camden Town

Hollybush Gardens, Bethnal Green

Lindfield Street, Poplar

Northdown Street, Kings Cross

Sail Street, Vauxhall


Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

See the latest update on docking station availability