Londoners advised to plan ahead for Christmas travel


Although Christmas will be different this year, most of the Transport for London (TfL) public transport network will be operating as usual over the festive period.

While there will be some essential works to the road and rail and Underground networks, Londoners will still be able to get around in line with the latest Government guidance.

But TfL is advising customers to plan ahead and avoid the busier times by using its travel tools – including Journey Planner and TfL Go, the real-time travel app – which is now available on Android and iPhone.

Public transport is likely to be busy throughout the day on 23 and 27 December at public transport interchanges and National Rail stations, so customers are advised to plan ahead and avoid peak times.

Roads are likely to be busy throughout the bubble period, especially between 24-26 December.

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Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “We know the transport network may be busier on some days with people forming Christmas bubbles and doing their Christmas shopping, and we are running the majority of our services every day except Christmas Day.

“We’re helping customers travel with confidence if they need to, and are providing lots of information about how to have a quieter journey.

“We already have plans in place to enable social distancing on our services, and have been enforcing the need to wear face coverings, along with the enhanced cleaning regime in place since March.

“I would advise customers to plan their journeys and check before they travel to ensure everyone can get around safely this festive period.”

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