If you are travelling to London for Christmas and New Year events plan ahead to get around the city as transportation during the Christmas and New Year time is reduced. During 24th Dec 2015– 3rd Jan 2016 planned work will takes place on some parts of London’s rail and road networks. Be aware your journey may be affected due to these reduced services of public transportation. Some of the major changes in transportation services in London that you should keep in notice while getting around London.
If you are planning to travel by train then it will be challenging task for you to get around , Holiday makers be aware that there will be no Gatwick Express Services from 24th Dec 2015 to 3rd Jan 2016 as they are planning for major rail improvement works. Reduced train services to and from Heathrow on 24th December 2015 to 2nd Jan 2016.
Things aren’t looking much better to choose train for visiting family Events in UK this Christmas.
Christmas and New year Events makes the road network busier than usual and involves many road closers and bus diversions. Some Coaches operators will run limited services from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.
Private Car Hire:
Private car hire services provide 24×7 transfer services throughout the festive period with extra surcharge. But advance booking is much preferable as it provides comfortable journey without any distractions in your plan.
Public and Private Transportation on Christmas and New Year Day:
Christmas Eve (24th December):
London Underground: London Underground services will be closed around 21:00
Coaches: Limited bus services, they will run Enhanced Saturday services and 24×7 services will be closed around midnight
National Rail: Some National Rail services timetables will be altered from 13:00, with reduced services than usual
Taxis/Private hires: Taxis are available 24×7 but they is an extra charge for taxis during festive season and many Private hire companies provide their services on festive period but pre booking of transfer services is preferable.
Christmas Day (25th December):
Tubes/ National Rail/ Underground: No services are available on Christmas day
Coaches: Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted operators will run their services with reduced times. During the festive season station will always be busy and needs plenty of time. So make sure to have plenty of time to travel by bus.
Taxis/Private Hire: 24×7 services are available by taxis but they charge extra £4 during festive period. Private Hire Cars are available 24×7, Advance booking of private hire company car will make your journey comfortable without any distraction.
Boxing Day (26th December):
Tubes/ National Rail/ Underground: Tubes will run Sunday services and National rail very limited service is available and underground services are not available.
Coaches: Buses services will run Sunday services and 24hrs route will begin at 6:00
Taxis/ Private Hire: Extra price will be charged by taxis services. Private hire car companies will run as usual during the festive season without any diversions with seasonal Surcharge on festive days
New Year Eve (31st December):
Tubes/ Underground/ National Rail: London underground and tube will run Saturday services and National rail will provide very limited services.
Taxis/ Private hire: Taxi services are available 24×7 with extra charge. Private hire car companies will run as usual during the festive season with extra seasonal charge. Pre booking of their services are preferable.
New Year Day (1st January):
Tubes/ Underground/National Rail: Tube and underground will run Saturday services. Some trains will change the times during these days. National rail will provide limited services effected by engineering works.
Taxis/Private Hire: Taxi services are available 24×7 with extra charge. Private hire car companies will run as usual during the festive season with seasonal surcharge of 50% of their prices. Pre booking of their services are preferable.
On an advice for safe and comfortable journey hire a Private hire car company London AirporTransfers which provides its services as usual with any diversion during this Festive period.
Please check out the following links for more information about the London Transportation on this Christmas and New year.