London New Year's Eve traffic closures 2019

It's New Year's Eve and many people will be heading out in the capital to celebrate.

London will see many road and bridge closures due to huge numbers of party-goers and those who wish to watch the River Thames midnight fireworks.

Taxi drivers will be out in force helping revellers travel safely, but it's important to know which roads, streets and bridges will have no access for vehicles and from which times.

Vehicle access will be restricted from early afternoon until around 6:00am on New Year's Day. Roads will be closed between Oxford Street in the north to Lambeth Bridge in the south, and Blackfriars Bridge in the east to Vauxhall Bridge in the west.

Some roads in central London will stay closed for the London New Year’s Day Parade.

Here is a list of all bridge closures and times.

Westminster Bridge closed from 14:00

Waterloo Bridge closed 16:00 (pedestrians) 19:00 (traffic)

Blackfriars Bridge 20:00 (traffic) Will close to pedestrians if necessary

Lambeth Bridge 20:00 (traffic) Will close to pedestrians if necessary

Southwark Bridge Will close if necessary

Vauxhall Bridge (pavements only - bridge will remain open to vehicles) Police to decide

Additional travel details for New Year's Eve are as follows;


From 14:00 some bus routes in central London diverted or stop short of their destination because of road and bridge closures.

507 route - enhanced Saturday service 521 and X68 - special service.


Daytime and evening Reduced service on all lines First trains at weekday times.

First Central line trains between Hainault and Woodford via Grange Hill at Saturday times.

No Piccadilly line service between Uxbridge and Rayners Lane.

No District line service between Earl's Court and Kensington (Olympia).

Special all-night service

Free travel from 23:45 on New Year's Eve to 04:30 on New Year's Day.

Waterloo & City line runs until around 02:40.

No Piccadilly line service between Uxbridge and Rayners Lane.

No District line service between Earl's Court and Kensington (Olympia).

Trains run all night on all other routes.

Tube station closures

Underground stations near the fireworks event and in busy areas will be exit-only or interchange-only at times to help manage crowds safely. Stations will re-open when it is safe to do so.

Camden Town and Waterloo will use a queuing system.

Station closure information

Blackfriars closed from 23:30.

Chalk Farm closed from 22:00.

Charing Cross closed from 23:30.

Covent Garden exit-only from 19:00.

Embankment closed from 23:30.

Lambeth North closed from 23:30.

Leicester Square exit-only from 20:00, closed from 23:30.

Piccadilly Circus closed from 23:30.

Southwark exit-only from 23:30.

Temple closed from 23:30.

Westminster closed from 21:30.

Title image: Metropolitan Police

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