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NYE - Travel

The Mayor is supporting free travel on all TfL services from 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4:30am on New Year’s Day.

There will be significant changes to regular tube and train services and you may have to use different routes or station entrances with specific queuing arrangements. Please plan your journey both to and from the event and follow directions from stewards, police or rail and tube staff on the night.

Be aware that London Underground, and other stations, may be required to close at short notice when public safety requires them to do so. The anticipated closure and reopening times of stations within and around the event footprint are noted below, but these may change on the night.

If closed for safety reasons, the following stations would reopen no later than 2:00am on 1 January 2013:

  • Westminster: anticipated closure around 9:30pm.
  • Temple Station: no direct access to the Embankment.
  • St James’s Park: one-way system in operation, but anticipated entry and exit throughout the night.
  • Holborn, St Paul’s and Mansion House: to operate as normal for as long as practical.

If closed for safety reasons, the following stations would reopen no later than 3:00am on 1 January 2013:

  • Waterloo: large queues are anticipated after 12:10am.
  • Charing Cross: exit only from 11:45pm for London Underground (operating as normal for National Rail).
  • Embankment: exit via Villiers Street only.  Closed briefly between 11:30pm – 12:15am. Access via Villiers Street only.
  • Lambeth North: closed from 11:30pm.

Blackfriars: There will be no direct access to the viewing areas. National Rail are expected to be non-stopping from 7pm and anticipated changes of operation for London Underground, including short notice closures due to large crowds. In the event of a closure, it is expected to reopen by 1:00am.

Other stations on the underground will be impacted by New Year’s celebrations throughout the evening and stations may be required to operate differently to normal operations and may close at short notice.  Expect long queues if re-entering stations post midnight.

For further details and to plan your journey visit or 0843 222 1234. Information will be available at all staffed stations.

Free travel does not apply on most National Rail Services. Visit or call 08457 48 49 50.

Getting home

When the fireworks are over, most people will want to head home. You may be required to wait at certain exit or junction points as the stewards and police disperse the crowds.

If you need to get a tube or train, consider walking part of the way or to a station far from the main viewing areas. If heading to Charing Cross, Embankment or Waterloo stations please follow signed routes to access them. A one way system will be put in place to ease overcrowding; however you may experience queues of up to 90 minutes.

Bus services leaving central London will be progressively withdrawn and diverted from 5pm and will return to normal from about 3am. After the event, buses will depart from Green Park station – for services to west London; Holborn station and Tottenham Court Road (Goodge Street station) – for services to north and east London; Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Oxford – for services to north and west London; Imperial War Museum, St George’s Circus, Vauxhall and Victoria – for services to south London.