Tube companies are usually free after midnight to assist revellers get dwelling safely from central London.
However Transport for London bosses right now mentioned the Tube would function like a standard Thursday – with solely night time buses out there to get late-night partygoers dwelling.
It’s understood that there is not going to be any London Overground or mainline practice companies after midnight both.
The Tube shutdown is designed to discourage individuals from congregating late into the night time in central London to scale back the danger of spreading Covid, amid fears that the capital is heading for Tier 3 restrictions after a current surge in instances.
The annual New 12 months’s firework show on the Thames has already been cancelled by Mayor Sadiq Khan as a spectator occasion, although Metropolis Corridor is predicted to unveil particulars of a scaled down “watch from dwelling” occasion subsequent week.
Requested to stipulate the festive journey plans on the TfL board this morning, Tube boss Andy Lord mentioned: “It’s a near-normal service in comparison with final Christmas, with the one exception being New 12 months’s Eve, the place we aren’t planning to run by the night time on New 12 months’s Eve – apart from Evening buses, which is able to nonetheless be out there and working.
“We will probably be working in impact a standard Thursday night time into Friday morning service. The final trains from central London will probably be between midnight 00.30am and 1am, which is similar as a standard Thursday night, after which with a barely later start-up on New 12 months’s day.
“That’s along side colleagues at Community Rail and throughout TfL, so that’s floor [rail] and Underground.”
TfL commissioner Andy Byford revealed that passenger numbers on the Tube shot up final Saturday after the lifting of the second nationwide lockdown final Wednesday.
The variety of passengers was 110 per cent larger than the earlier Saturday, whereas final Friday noticed 50 per cent extra Tube passengers than per week earlier.
It additionally emerged right now that the Waterloo and Metropolis line, which hyperlinks Waterloo and Financial institution stations and is a key route for Metropolis commuters , is unlikely to open till April subsequent 12 months, regardless of stress from the Metropolis of London Company.
TfL mentioned there was spare capability on the Northern and Jubilee traces at current, and that reopening the “drain” shuttle service would have a detrimental influence on the Central line, which makes use of the identical trains.