Tubes will not run overnight on New Year’s Eve to stop people from being tempted to celebrate the end of 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis.
Transport for London (TfL) usually runs an overnight service on December 31 to help people get around the capital – and often for free.
Andy Lord, managing director of the London Underground, told a meeting of the TfL board today of the plans for New Year.
‘We’ve published TFL’s plans for the whole of the festive period,’ he said.
‘It’s a near normal service compared to last Christmas with the one exception being New Year’s Eve where we are not planning to run through the night.’
Night buses would still be running as normal, but otherwise the last service out of London will run at around 12.30am.
‘We will be operating a normal Thursday night into Friday morning service so the last trains from London will be from midnight 30 and 1am and then a slightly later start up on New Year’s Day,’ Mr Lord added.
New Year’s Eve is after the five-day Christmas bubble period between December 23 and 27, where three households are allowed to join together.
This means people won’t be able to mix with family or friends in indoor locations after those dates.
There is also a possibility London residents may also be forced to stay at home completely over New Year if the capital is put into tier three next week.
Under tier three restrictions, all pubs and restaurants must close and can only offer takeaway or delivery service.
Mr Lord also revealed the Waterloo and City line will remain shut until April while bankers continue to work from home during the pandemic.
‘At the moment our current planning assumption is that we won’t reopen the Waterloo and City Line before April 2021 because there is little demand for it,’ he added.
The operators who work on the line also work on the Central Line trains, which have been the busiest throughout the pandemic.