Road closures in central London start from 2pm on New Year’s Eve – including many central London Bridges.
All road closures will be in place by 10pm; all bridge closures will be in place by 8pm.
The first road closures at 2pm include Victoria Embankment and Whitehall; by 8pm, many of central London’s key roads will be closed, including parts of Oxford Street, the A4 Piccadilly from Hyde Park Corner and even the A400 Gower Street and A4200 leading into central London.
However, roads will remain Congestion Charge free until they close.
The first bridge to close will be Westminster Bridge, at 2pm. Waterloo Bridge will close at 4pm to pedestrians and 7.30pm to all traffic. Blackfriars Bridge and Lambeth Bridge will close by 8pm and Southwark Bridge could also close as a contingency.
London Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge will, however, remain open.
Road closures will be lifted by 6am on New Year’s Day.
The Met Police also warned central London is set to be extremely busy in the build-up to the New Year’s Eve celebrations, including the Mayor of London’s fireworks display with Unicef.
“Make sure you leave plenty of time for travelling and arrange a contingency meeting place (and time) with family and friends in case you become separated” advised a spokesperson.
Superintendent Jo Edwards also advised London revellers that they can expect to see additional police officers in central London – including an increased number of firearms officers.
“Our plans are purely precautionary and not as a result of any specific intelligence.”
She also called upon the public to inform a police officer or steward if they see anything suspicious.
Edwards added that if you don’t have a ticket for the Mayor of London’s fireworks display, don’t try to get in – it’s sold out. If you do have a ticket, arrive in plenty of time: “We will be supporting stewards with additional entry searches… which is likely to mean it will take longer to get into the viewing areas”.
Many bars and clubs are tickets only too: “if you don’t have a ticket,” says the Met police, “our advice is to watch the coverage on television”.