The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services for all public transport in and around Londontown; click on the link for a spreadsheet overview of the week ahead — Planned Works for the holiday week. Closures and off-normal service schedules begin at 20.00 Christmas Eve when the whole system will go dark. On Boxing Day, the Tube will start up again but there will be no London Overground service until the 27th.
Good news for drivers, though – the Congestion Charge in central London will be suspended from Christmas Day; restarting on Monday, 4 January. Makes you want to drive into London just for that, yes?
Here is the usual schematic for Tube disruptions. Circle, District, Hamm’smith/City and Metropolitan lines are affected, mostly between the 26th and 30th December. London Overground and TfL Rail will also see some closures.
Click here for Network Rail changes smack on the holidays affecting travel to some airports (Really? who was in charge of THAT scheduling?)
Road and bus traffic will have some “issues” around Elephant & Castle, Swiss Cottage, Aldgate, Victoria. The New Year’s parade and fireworks will make for some headaches in central London on the 31st and 1st.
Lastly – in case I don’t manage to shake off my chronic laziness – there is a Lumiere light festival in January from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 January when stations and roads in the West End and King’s Cross areas will be busier than usual each evening. For more information, visit tfl.gov.uk/lumiere.
Reminders – no long-term station specific closures to report at the moment but the new year hasn’t started yet. Give it time.
One last thought – Life is uncertain so EAT! DRINK! BE MERRY! Skip the gym for now; it can wait until next week!