Travelling around the UK at Christmas is notoriously awkward. Luckily, we won’t see any snow this year, so disruptions will be less frequent for 2014, but there are still lots of reduced services and inconvenient little hullabaloos that must be considered if you’re making an important journey this week.
Here’s a complete guide to getting around London over the next few days, so you can be sure to make it home for Christmas – and don’t forget to check Transport for London’s Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates as they occur on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
As always, nationwide closures will occur on our rails from December 23-29, with a fairly normal service on Christmas Eve, but no trains at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
A Saturday service will be in operation on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th, as well as on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
You can find out how your journey will be affected by using the Plan your Journey section of South West Trains’ (surprisingly efficient) website.
A normal service will remain in operation throughout London until Christmas Eve, when the last few trains on all lines will on a Sunday timetable. As usual, there’ll be on tubes on Christmas Day, and a reduced service on Boxing Day.
Saturday 27th will see a Saturday service on all lines, and Sunday 28th will have its normal Sunday service.
Our faithful old London buses rarely let us down, and it’s with great fondness that we can tell you that buses are by far the least affected mode of transport around the city at Christmas. Christmas Eve sees a Saturday service, and while the buses (and almost all other public transport) aren’t out and about on Christmas Day, normal service resumes on Boxing Day and continues until NYE.
Between Christmas Day and January 1st inclusive, the powers that be have decided to let us all off that pesky congestion charge. Happy days.
We at Function Fixers highly recommend that you use TfL’s free Cabwise App to book your taxi around Christmas. It means you’ll get a cab that’s guaranteed to be safe, legal and fairly priced. The Black Cabs tend to hide away on Christmas Day, so this App will save you pacing the pavement looking for a taxi – as well as giving you a quote on your fee (which will no doubt include higher rates due to the tome of year), so you can come prepared.
All of the Barclays Cycle Hire stations will be open for public use as usual. Considering that the roads will be almost empty and all the Christmas lights will be in their prime, we’d think it’s actually a very enjoyable way to get around over what’s usually such an awkward time for travel. Don’t forget your helmet, gloves, hat and scarf (brrr) and you can check your local docking station here to double-check that there are bikes available before you embark on your journey.
4 more sleeps until Christmas, we hope you can rest easy knowing that you’re well prepared to get home to your loved ones. A very merry Christmas from Function Fixers!