Transport for London Announces Guidelines for Festive Days

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for transport system in Greater London, is offering free New Year’s Eve travel to party goers, in a second year of collaboration with alcohol manufacturing company, Diageo.

The agency has issued its online annual Festive Travel Guide for London residents and visitors travelling within the city during the Christmas holiday period, offering detailed information on Tube, buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, London Overground, Emirates Air Line, Riverboat services, Barclays Cycle Hire and the Congestion Charge.

The agency has also announced complimentary travel between 23:45hrs on December 31, 2012, and 04:30hrs on January 1, 2012 on the Tube, buses, trams, DLR, and trains for the convenience of the festive revellers.

Peter Hendy, the Transport Commissioner, CBE, said, ‘Our plans are that the transport networks will operate throughout the festive season with the exception of Christmas Day when all our services will be closed.

The network will operate reduced services when appropriate and we will also take the opportunity of this quieter time to carry out engineering works as part of the continuing Tube upgrade programme.

I urge everyone to plan their journeys in advance by visiting the festive travel website and looking out for posters across our network.

I am pleased that we are able to continue providing free travel for travellers on New Year’s Eve through sponsorship with Diageo. For those wishing to brave the crowds to come into central London to celebrate, public transport is the only way to get around London on New Year’s Eve.’

TfL has been offering complimentary travel on New Year’s Eve since 2001. The agency, in 2011, entered into a three year agreement with Diageo, according to which Diageo will be sponsoring complimentary travel on New Year’s Eve, as part of its responsible drinking programme.

London Underground to Close Parts of Central Line for Maintenance

Those travellers intending to use the London Underground on routes that involve Grange Hill, Newbury Park, Woodford, and Leytonstone stations, should be prepared for detours due to a planned maintenance programme.

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for the transport system in Greater London, UK, will be closing the Central Line between Grange Hill and Newbury Park, and between Woodford and Leytonstone, for maintenance work.

London Underground (LU) will be closing the line closed between Grange Hill and Newbury Park on weekdays, and between Woodford and Leytonstone for two weekends (October 27 and 28; and November 3 and 4, 2012), as part of the maintenance programme.

Also, as part of a Tube Upgrade Plan, TfL is currently revamping a fleet of 85 trains and improving the track in order to provide a better customer service.

George McInulty, the programme director of infrastructure for LU, said, ‘This upgrade work is essential to make the Central line as reliable and as safe as possible. We apologise to anyone affected by this closure but carrying the work out during the quieter school holiday period is by far the least disruptive way to do this.

It will avoid a long series of individual weekend closures, save more than £2m of fare and taxpayers’ money and will reduce the overall number of closure days required by more than a third.’

Around 900,000 passengers travel on the Central line every day. The maintenance work is expected to affect around 7,500 passengers on each weekday. London Underground has announced that its tickets will be acceptable on local buses and Network Rail services between Ilford and Stratford. The company is also organising a high-frequency bus service during the period of disrupted underground service.

London Underground Completes Record Number of Journeys during 2012 Olympics

London Underground, a rapid transit system in the UK’s capital city, has reported the completion of around 46.95 million passenger journeys in the first 12 days of the recently concluded Olympic games.

The transport system has reported the completion of 11.05 million more journeys during the initial 12 days of the 2012 Olympics, or around a 30 percent increase, compared with same period in the preceding year. This is a record number of journeys completed in a given period by the network.

This news comes as the transport network continues to serve record numbers of passengers, as Londoners and visitors continue to flock to London’s attractions.

Weekend Tube traffic has seen the biggest percentage increase, with last Sunday’s numbers being 77 percent higher than the same day last year, and Tuesday saw more than 4.5 million Tube journeys – the highest number in the Tube’s history.

The transport commissioner for London, Peter Hendy, said earlier, ‘We’re incredibly grateful to Londoners for adapting their travel patterns throughout the Olympics. By travelling outside peak times or taking different routes, it’s made a huge contribution to ensuring the success of the Games and keeping London moving.

We will need to continue to keep this sensible planning going, avoiding the busiest times and places, as we enter the Paralympics in just 19 days time.

This summer presents a huge wealth of opportunities spanning sport and culture and Londoners and visitors should take advantage of the many theatres, restaurants, shops, free concerts, Live Sites and attractions that the capital has to offer.’