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Essential festive travel info from TfL

TfL are encouraging Londoners and visitors to the Capital to make the most of the city over the Christmas and New Year period by planning their journeys ahead.

•        Click here for festive travel advice, with daily travel information about all forms of public transport, including information for drivers

•         TfL are providing free travel for everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve from 23:45 on 31 December to 04:30 on 1 January on buses, Tube, tram, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground.  Some London Overground and TfL Rail services may finish earlier

•         Services will finish earlier than usual on Christmas Eve on the Tube, DLR, TfL Rail, buses and London Overground, and Night Tube and night buses will not run. Christmas Day is the only day of the year when no Tube or rail services operate, however Santander Cycles will be available to hire on Christmas day. On Boxing Day, most National Rail services will not run, nor will TfL Rail or London Overground as they share tracks with national rail services. There will be services running on the Tube, DLR, buses and Trams

•         A full list of our social media channels is available at tfl.gov.uk/socialmedia  which includes details of the Twitter feeds for each of the 11 different London Underground lines, buses, the DLR, Trams, London Overground, TfL Rail, Santander Cycles, Emirates Air Line cable car and live traffic news for updates during the festive period.

Improvement Works:

TfL will be using the traditionally less busy Christmas period to carry out essential improvement work, with thousands of engineers working on tracks, roads, signalling and rebuilding key stations. Whilst most of the network will continue to operate, some local closures will be necessary to allow the work to be carried out. More than 1,000 people will be working on the day and engineering trains will continue to travel on the network and between train depots, all of which remain staffed throughout the festive period.

Works include:

•         On the Tube network hundreds of metres of track will be replaced in the Earl’s Court area which will improve reliability for customers travelling on the District line.  This will mean no District line service between Gloucester Road and Acton Town, Richmond and Wimbledon, Edgware Road and Wimbledon, and to and from Kensington (Olympia). The Piccadilly line will be open throughout these works (except on Christmas Day) and will additionally serve Ravenscourt Park and Turnham Green in both directions and Stamford Brook westbound only.  There is further work taking place on other parts of the District, Circle and Bakerloo lines and customers can get further details at tfl.gov.uk/festive-travel

•         Network Rail will be carrying out Crossrail construction work in readiness for the Elizabeth line in the Paddington area, which will include changes to track, signalling and overhead wiring, and will mean that Paddington mainline station will be closed for six days from 24 through to 29 December and mainline services will instead start and terminate at Ealing Broadway. Paddington Tube station will stay open as usual.  Heathrow Express and Connect services will not be operating during this period and customers wishing to travel to Heathrow are advised to use the Piccadilly line. For train times and detailed information on how National Rail services could be impacted by Christmas engineering work, please go to nationalrail.co.uk

•         Network Rail will also be carrying out engineering works that will affect some London Overground and TfL Rail services. Crossrail construction work in the Shenfield area will affect TfL Rail services in and out of Liverpool Street. And ongoing work to electrify London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line will continue ahead of new four car trains that will start operating in 2018.  Full details on London Overground and TfL Rail services can be found at tfl.gov.uk/festive-travel.

Safer Travel at Night

TfL are also reminding the public of the dangers of unbooked minicabs and providing advice on how to safely get a taxi (black cab) or booked minicab home this Christmas and New Year. Getting into a minicab that is not booked is dangerous. It is essentially getting into a stranger's car.

Advice for using a black cab:

•             Black cabs (taxis) are different to minicabs, they can be approached on the street or at taxi ranks

•             Black cabs do not need to be pre-booked, but can be via app, phone or online.

Advice for using a minicab:

•             A minicab that is not booked is dangerous. It is essentially a stranger's car.

•             Book your minicab journey through a licensed minicab operator, via a booking app, phone, email or at a minicab office

•             When booking a minicab, you should receive a confirmation highlighting driver and vehicle details as well as the driver's photo

•             Private Hire operators will have a record of the journey, the driver and the vehicle used so, in the event of any problems, the driver can be traced.