Thursday 16 December 2021

Transport for London - Weekend travel information


Weekend travel information


If you are out and about this weekend, please note that there is a planned Tube strike as well as other works taking place on certain parts of the network. 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 about the Tube strike and additional closures below.

In line with Government regulations on the wearing of face coverings on public transport, we are reminding all customers travelling on the TfL transport network that they must wear face coverings for the duration of their journeys or risk being fined, unless they 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.

London Underground


Piccadilly line

Friday 24 until Thursday 30 December

No service between Acton Town and Heathrow and between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge

For travel between Heathrow and central London, use TfL Rail services to/from Paddington, except on 25 and 26 December when TfL Rail will not be running.

On 26 December, use replacement bus services to/from Hammersmith. Replacement buses will run between Acton Town/Hammersmith and Heathrow every day except 25 December.
Use the Metropolitan line between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge.

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 19 December

No service between Sydenham and Crystal Palace

Use local bus routes between Anerley and Crystal Palace. Trains from Highbury & Islington to Crystal Palace will divert to/from West Croydon until 12:00 and will run to/from New Cross Gate after 12:00.

No service between Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction

Use local bus routes and/or Southern Railway services.

No service between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/Cheshunt/Chingford until 10:15

Use alternative Tube services, local bus routes or rail replacement bus services. Customers can also use Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt.

Friday 24 December

Services on all routes will reduce from 19:00 (except on the Stratford to Richmond/Clapham Junction routes which will reduce from 16:00, and on the Romford to Upminster route where services do not reduce before the early closure)

All routes will close down early on Christmas Eve.


Friday 24 December

Services on all routes will end by 22:30

TfL Rail

Monday 20 until Thursday 23 December

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

One train per hour will call at these stations.

Friday 24 December

A regular weekday timetable will run between Paddington and Heathrow T5/Reading until 22:00. Service will be reduced after and some last trains will not run.


Ongoing works on the Woolwich Ferry

No service on the Woolwich Ferry, service expected to resume by late December

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


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.


Thursday 16 until Monday 20 December

Excel Docklands

Excel Docklands will be hosting The London International Horse Show from Thursday 16 until Monday 20 December from 08:30 to 23:00. Increased traffic and large crowds are expected in the area.

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

Harrington Square 2, Camden Town

Lindfield Street, Poplar


Find out how to hire a Santander Cycle.

See the latest update on docking station availability