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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Tube Times

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It's a Saturday service on the London Underground today and after 7pm trains will be running less frequently than normal, with Sunday closing hours. Or as Rachel Clarke heard a driver say "the trains are going to bed early tonight before Santa arrives". On Christmas Day as usual there will be no service at all on the Tube.

Christmas poster by D J Damien
Great photo of the current Xmas times poster from D J Damien

Boxing Day will have a reduced Sunday service on all lines, except the Jubilee Line won't be running at all, right up until 28th December for planned engineering works. There's also engineering works on the Metropolitan Line on the 26th December with a full line closure. Additionally, no service on that line between Uxbridge/Northwood and Aldgate between 27th & 28th December.

Jubilee Line works

Full details of the Jubilee Line works are on Tube Lines site. George Clark, their Chief Engineering Manager said:

"After looking at all the options with London Underground we jointly decided that the best time for a full closure is over Christmas as it causes the least disruption for commuters. It is vital that we fully test the new system to check that services can run smoothly and safely before passengers come on board. Unfortunately this can only take place during a closure of several days.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience caused, but the closures are necessary in order to deliver a faster and more efficient Jubilee line in the long-run

You can find complete Christmas & New Year timings on TfL's site with details of the replacement bus services that will be in place to cover the Jubilee & Metropolitan Line closures.

Don't forget as well, there'll be free travel on the Tube, bus, tram & DLR from
11.45pm on New Year's Eve until 4.30am on New Year's Day. I haven't managed to see who's sponsoring that this year. In the past it's been drinks companies and last year was Nat West, but with the credit crunch, it's amazing we'll be getting free travel at all.

Thanks to the booze ban there'll be no alcohol on public transport in London, although the Japanese have gone the opposite way and are holding drinking parties on their streetcars. Thanks to Jon for the heads up on this.

Parties running until December 27th have already been fully booked. "A special streetcar leaves Toyohashi Station at 6:25, slowly navigating its way through 9.4 kilometers of track while its passengers party. Each party car holds 15 to 26 people, and as the name Odensha suggests, passengers eat warm oden while they drink beer."

That's all the updates for now. I hope you all have a great Christmas break and whatever journeys you make will be as smooth as possible.

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