London Transport Closures Over Christmas And New Year

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London Transport Closures Over Christmas And New Year

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Transport for London services

Note that many TfL services will run all night over New Year, with free travel between 11.15pm and 4.30am.

Cycle Hire: Operating throughout the Christmas period. If you're in town, we can recommend a pleasant, quiet cycle ride through the bits of central London that are normally busy.

Docklands Light Railway: Services finish around 11.45 on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. You can grab a free journey between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year's Day, and services will run all night.

Emirates Air Line: Christmas might just be the best time to scootle over to the cable car and give it a try. It should be open throughout the Christmas period, other than Christmas Day.

London Overground: Will run a Saturday service on Christmas Eve, finishing around 9.30pm. Closed Christmas Day. You can grab a free bus journey between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year's Day, and services will run all night.

London Tramlink: A Saturday service on Christmas Eve, with frequency reductions later on. Closed Christmas Day. Saturday/Sunday service until 2 January, with free journeys in the early hours of 1 January.

Tube: A normal service until 7pm on Christmas Eve, when frequencies will reduce, and some stations close. Last trains around midnight. Closed Christmas Day. Services resume at 8.30am on Boxing Day, with some station and line closures. You can grab a free journey between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year's Day, after which trains will continue all day on a reduced service pattern.

Commuter Lines

C2C from Fenchurch Street/Liverpool Street: Saturday service with early close on Christmas Eve. No services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Then Sat/Sun service on all days until normal service resumes on 2 January.

Chiltern Railways: Normal service with an early close on Christmas Eve. No services on Christmas Day, limited service on Boxing Day, and a weekend service thereafter until 2 January.

First Capital Connect (including Thameslink): Services finish around 10pm on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. A 'special service' runs thereafter until normality is restored on 2 January. In addition, no service between East Croydon and Gatwick airport between 25 December and 1 January inclusive (see airport links below).

First Great Western: Trains become scarce after 6pm on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. Thereafter until 5 January lines will operate on two tracks rather than four most days, resulting in a reduced service. Some suburban London stations (such as Acton, West Ealing, Hanwell...) will be closed during this period, and you're advised to check specific details on the link above.

Greater Anglia: Normal service with early closure on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. Then Sat/Sun service on all days until normal service resumes on 2 January.

London Midland: Normal service with early closure on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. A reduced service on 27 December, and thereafter a normal service.

Southeastern: Early close on Christmas Eve, and no service on 25 December. From 22 December to 1 January, trains will run on a weekend service, with some additional trains at peak hours.  Might affect your journey. In addition, Gravesend station will be closed 22 December till 6 January, with no trains passing through.

Southern: Reduced service from 5.30pm on Christmas Eve, with no trains after 10pm. No trains on Christmas Day. Reduced service 26 December till 1 January.

South West Trains: Normal service with early closure on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. A reduced service will operate 27-29 December due to engineering works at Waterloo. A Sat/Sun service will run 30 & 31 December and 1 January. Normal service resumes 2 January.

Airport Links

Gatwick Express: If you're planning on using London Gatwick over the holidays, be advised that no trains will operate between East Croydon and the airport from 25 December till 1 January inclusive, because of major engineering works. That means no Gatwick Express and no First Capital Connect services. Instead, you need to get a Southern train from East Croydon to East Grinstead, where frequent buses will take you the rest of the way. The circuitous route will add an estimated 70-90 minutes to journey times.

Heathrow Connect: Normal service with early closure on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. Normal service thereafter.

Heathrow Express: Services close before 10pm on Christmas Eve. No services will run on 25 and 26 December. A half-hourly service will run 27 December to 1 January, with normal service resuming on 2 January.

Stansted Express: A reduced service on Christmas Eve evening. No trains on 25 December. Half-hourly trains 26-27 December. 28-29 December normal service but with a diversion. Trains are back to normal thereafter, but look out for engineering works through January weekends.

Thameslink (Luton and Gatwick): See First Capital Connect and Gatwick Express above.

Other Transport

Hoverboards: Haven't been invented yet.

Taxis: Black cabs and minicabs should be available throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day.

Thames Clippers: Services finish around 9pm on Christmas Eve. No service on 25 or 26 December. Then a close-to-normal service with some exceptions.

Your Own Two Feet/wheels: Always the best way to see London if you're able. Check out Walk London for some signposted routes around the capital.

Last Updated 28 November 2013

londona729

I love the picture of the old Victoria line ventilation grill controls!

Tim

Buses??

Beth

The London Overground is closed on Boxing Day as well as Christmas Day.

Lixx

"Normal service with early closure on Christmas Eve."

HOW EARLY??????????

Ths is basically no help at all.