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New Year's Eve 2018 travel in London: Everything you need to know

Hundreds of thousands of revellers will enjoy free travel in London on New Year’s Eve.

As is tradition for New Year in the capital, all Transport for London (TfL) services, from Tube to buses, will be free from 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

TfL is also running special all-night services on most Tube lines, though some key London Tube stations will be closed or exit only.

Here, we explain how London’s entire transport network will be affected as people prepare for the big night.

Which Tube lines will be open?

There will be special all-night services on most lines. However, there will be no Piccadilly line service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge.

On most lines, trains will run every two to eight minutes in central London and every five to 15 minutes in outer areas – as well as on branch lines – until 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

The Waterloo and City line will run every three to 10 minutes until about 2.30am, while services won’t be as frequent on some sections of the Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

Which Tube stations will be closed or exit only?

  • Blackfriars station – between 11.30pm and 4.30pm, open for Tube services only. National Rail trains will not stop
  • Chalk Farm – closed from 10pm
  • Charing Cross – closed from 7pm
  • Covent Garden – exit only from 7pm
  • Embankment – closed from 11.30pm until 12.15am
  • Lambeth North – closed from 11.30pm
  • Leicester Square – exit only from 8pm, closed from 11.30pm
  • Piccadilly Circus – closed from 11.30pm
  • Southwark – exit only from 11.45pm
  • St Paul’s – exit only from 11.45pm
  • Westminster – interchange only from 9.30pm

What about London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail?

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London Overground

A special all-night London Overground service will run every 15 minutes between between Highbury and Islington and New Cross Gate. There will also be a special service between Willesden Junction and Stratford: trains running about 15 minutes until 2.30am. There will be a special service between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town every 30 minutes until 2.30am, though this won’t stop at Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields or Hackney Downs.


There will be a special all-night service on the DLR. Trains will run every 15 minutes on all routes between 12.30am and 8am.

TfL Rail

TfL Rail trains will run between Paddington and Hayes and Harlington (not stopping at Acton Main Line) about every 30 minutes until 12.30am, then about every 30 minutes until 4.30am when a normal weekday service runs. Between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, there will be no service but replacement buses will run about every 30 minutes between midnight and 5.30am.