Thursday 25 November 2021

Transport for London - Weekend travel information


Weekend travel information

There are no planned closures on the Tube this weekend, but planned works on other services may affect your journey. There will also 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.

Tube strike

Industrial action is planned by the RMT union on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines all day on Friday 26 November. 

If this goes ahead, it could mean a severely disrupted service on the affected lines, with the Waterloo & City line also affected. It is also likely to mean much busier services on the Tube lines that are not affected by the strike (Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) as customers seek alternative routes. Thameslink services and buses through central London are also expected to be busier than normal.

The strikes could also disrupt the re-introduction of Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines from the evening of Saturday 27 November and on weekends throughout December.

TfL is warning customers that both lines are expected to be severely disrupted from 19:00 onwards, with little or no service from this time overnight on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday 27 November until Sunday 19 December. Customers should check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required. 


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 taxi and private hire services, 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.

No Southern Rail services from Victoria

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November, there will be no Southern Rail services to or from Victoria, due to Network Rail re-signalling work. 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. Rail replacement buses will run between East Croydon and Clapham Junction for local journeys. 

Southeastern services are operating from Victoria as usual. To plan your journey, visit the National Rail website
Travel at quieter times for more space
 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
Our buses, tubes and trains are well ventilated with fresh air
 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.

London Underground


Northern line

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 28 November

No service between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:45

Use alternative Tube services or the rail replacement bus service. 

Monday 29 November until Thursday 2 December

No service between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:45

Use alternative Tube services or the rail replacement bus service.


Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November

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

A rail replacement bus service will run.

Monday 29 November until Thursday 2 December

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.

TfL Rail

Sunday 28 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 local bus routes.

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.

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

Friday 26 until Monday 29 November

A40 Westway

The A40 Westway will be closed eastbound from 22:00 on Friday 26 until Monday 29 November. Those travelling westbound will be able to use the A40 Westway as normal.

While the closure is in place, we expect local routes and the official diversion route to be busy. Long delays to your journey are likely. Please plan ahead and use routes such as the A4, M4 or the A406 for alternative ways into London. 

This is the start of a programme of essential maintenance work which will continue until summer 2022. There will be additional eastbound closures from Friday 3 to Monday 6 December, and from Friday 10 until Monday 13 December with further weekend directional closures planned for 2022. For more detail and the full programme, please visit our travel advice webpage

Saturday 27 November

Twickenham Stadium

On Saturday 27 November, Twickenham Stadium will be hosting the Barbarians v Samoa rugby match, with kick off at 14:30. Expect large crowds and increased traffic in the area before and after the game. Roads likely to be affected are the A316 Chertsey Road, and all roads leading to/around Twickenham Stadium.

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. 

Until 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:


Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea

Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury

Harrington Square 2, Camden Town

Lindfield Street, Poplar

Northdown Street, Kings Cross

Abyssinia Close, Clapham Junction


Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

See the latest update on docking station availability