London congestion charge dropped for Christmas

Transport for London has confirmed that it’s suspending the congestion charge over the Christmas period.

From Friday 25 December to Friday 1 January inclusive, road users in central London won’t have to pay the usual £11.50 congestion charge.

But visitors are warned that they might be affected by road closures in London during the holiday period – especially ahead of the annual New Year celebrations.

Engineering work will also be carried out on overground and underground networks, so check ahead if you’re travelling in London over Christmas.

The full list of major road closures in London are as follows:

Central London – Until tomorrow, Wednesday, The Cut will be closed at the junction with Blackfriars Road. Until Sunday 3 January, there will also be works on Blackfriars Road and New Bridge Street. Blackfriars Junction and Ludgate Circus have lane closures until Thursday, and also between Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December. From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, Southwark Street will be closed eastbound at the junction of Blackfriars Road. This is due to Cycle Superhighway works.

Aldgate East and Bow – From tomorrow, Wednesday, until Sunday 3 January, lane closures will be in place on Whitechapel High Street, Mile End Road and Bow Road. This is due to Cycle Superhighway 2 works.

Central London – From around 14:00 on Thursday 31 December, Waterloo, Westminster and Jubilee Bridges, and roads in central London will start to close to prepare for the ticketed fireworks event. All bridge and road closures will be in place from 20:00 and most will re-open at 06:00 on Friday 1 January, or when it is safe to do so. Central London road closures will remain until 18:00 to facilitate the New Year’s Day Parade.

Old Street – Until Thursday, lane closures are in place at the junction of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, due to Cycle Superhighway works.

Stockwell – From Thursday until summer 2016, Stockwell Cross will have lane closures due to public space and cycling improvement works.

Swiss Cottage – From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, Avenue Road will have lane closures due to utility works.

Victoria – From Saturday until Thursday 31 December, lane closures will be in place on Grosvenor Place southbound and Lower Grosvenor Place eastbound. This is due to utility works.

Central London – Until Thursday, there will be overnight closures in both directions on Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street between Westminster Bridge and Southwark Bridge from 20:00 until 05:00. On Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December and Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January, Tower Hill and Lower Thames Street will be closed westbound from Tower Hill to Fish Street Hill, from 08:00 until midnight. This is due to Cycle Superhighway carriageway resurfacing works. There will also be lane closures at the junction of Victoria Embankment and Savoy Place.

Elephant & Castle – Until Sunday 3 January, there will be lane closures on Newington Causeway and the Elephant & Castle Link Road. This is due to junction improvement works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/elephant

Upper Holloway – Until late 2017, lane closures are in place in both directions on Holloway Bridge. This is for bridge strengthening works, as part of the Road Modernisation Plan.


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