Tubes will NOT run overnight on New Years Eve to discourage party people

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The tubes won’t run overnight on New Years Eve to deter revelers from celebrating the end of 2020, Transport for London has revealed.

Meanwhile, the Waterloo and City line will be closed until April as bankers work from home amid the coronavirus.

Andy Lord, chief executive of the London Underground, told a TfL board meeting that trains would not run all night on New Years Eve.

He said, “We have released TFL’s plans for the entire holiday season. It’s almost normal service compared to last Christmas, with the exception of New Years Eve where we don’t plan to spend the night.

Night buses would continue to operate normally, but otherwise the last service from London will run around 12:30 p.m., he said.

New Years Eve falls outside of the five-day Christmas bubble between December 23 and 27 – when people can meet up in bubbles from two other households to celebrate the holiday season.

A regular Thursday night service will take place on the tube this year. In the photo, fireworks explode above the Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate New Years in London in 2013

Night buses would still operate as usual, but otherwise the last service from London will run around 12:30 p.m., he said in the photo, with thousands attending New Years celebrations in London in 2013

Night buses would still operate as usual, but otherwise the last service from London will run around 12:30 p.m., he said in the photo, with thousands attending New Years celebrations in London in 2013

This means that would-be revelers may be forced to stay at home, especially if the capital is plunged into Level 3 – all pubs and restaurants that can’t offer take-out service shut down by next week.

“We will be operating a normal service from Thursday evening to Friday morning, so the last trains from London will leave at 12:30 am and 1:00 am, and then start a little later on New Years Day,” Mr. Lord.

The Waterloo and City Line is also expected to close at least until April of next year as bankers continue to move away from the office in favor of working from home.

Mr Lord added: “For now, our current planning assumption is that we will not reopen the Waterloo and City line until April 2021 because demand is low. “

Andy Byford, London's transport commissioner, revealed tube ridership was down 34% a year ago last Friday.  He said the Saturday tube was up 110% from a week ago, indicating that London's exit from lockdown was having a big impact on visitor numbers.

Andy Byford, London’s transport commissioner, revealed tube ridership was down 34% a year ago last Friday. He said the Saturday tube was up 110% from a week ago, indicating that London’s exit from lockdown was having a big impact on visitor numbers.

The Waterloo and City Line is also expected to close at least until April of next year as bankers continue to move away from the office in favor of working from home.  Pictured are the passengers of the Jubilee line today

The Waterloo and City Line is also expected to close at least until April of next year as bankers continue to move away from the office in favor of working from home. Pictured are the passengers of the Jubilee line today

Rail operators on the line are also working on the central line trains, which have been the busiest throughout the pandemic.  In the photo, an empty Waterloo station on November 23

Rail operators on the line are also working on the central line trains, which have been the busiest throughout the pandemic. In the photo, an empty Waterloo station on November 23

Rail operators on the line are also working on the central line trains, which have been the busiest throughout the pandemic.

Mr Lord said: “The central line has been one of the metro lines, if not the busiest, throughout the pandemic, especially the east end of the line.

Andy Lord (pictured) is the Managing Director of the London Underground

Andy Lord (pictured) is the Managing Director of the London Underground

“We therefore made the decision to suspend Waterloo and City due to lack of demand and the need to prioritize service on the central line. “

While the line is out of service, trains are being repaired, he revealed, adding that use of the Jubilee and Northern lines from Waterloo station was constantly monitored.

“We have the ability to reintroduce Waterloo and City Line in a relatively short time frame if demand increases, or for any other reason, but that would have a negative impact on the center line which we believe is a higher priority. . “

Andy Byford, London’s transport commissioner, revealed tube ridership was down 34% a year ago last Friday. He said the Saturday hit was up 110% a week ago, indicating that London’s move out of the November lockdown was having a big impact on visitor numbers.

It comes after the annual New Years Eve fireworks display was dropped by the Mayor of London in September.

Sadiq Khan has confirmed that the exhibit, which typically takes place near the London Eye, will not be held because ‘we can’t afford’ to have large numbers of people gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pictured are crowds gather in central London for last year's celebrations

Pictured are crowds gather in central London for last year’s celebrations

The mayor of London previously explained that the annual fireworks display, which usually takes place near the London Eye, will not be happening because 'we cannot afford' to have large numbers of people gathering at the amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Pictured: the 2020 celebration

The mayor of London has previously explained that the annual fireworks display, which usually takes place near the London Eye, will not take place because ‘we can’t afford’ to have large numbers of people gathering in the middle of it. the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: the 2020 celebration

Mr Khan added that the new year would instead be greeted with 'something people can enjoy from the comfort of their living room', but was unable to give details.  Pictured is Mr. Khan in August

Mr Khan added that the New Year would instead be greeted with “something that people can enjoy from the comfort of their living room”, but was unable to give details. Pictured is Mr. Khan in August

Mr Khan added that the new year would instead be greeted with “something that people can enjoy from the comfort of their living room”, but was unable to give details.

The move was quickly criticized by industry insiders, with Peter Heath of the Professional Lighting and Sound Association urging Khan to “think about the impact of the cancellation of live events on the industry, on l ‘British economy and the welfare of the citizens’.

Speaking to MailOnline, he added: “This is devastating news, not only for the event planners tasked with putting on a breathtaking spectacle, but also for the millions of spectators who are eager to ring in the New Year.

“While we understand the need to exercise social distancing, we need to reflect on the impact of the cancellation of live events on the industry, on the UK economy and the well-being of citizens. “

London is currently at level 2, but Matt Hancock warned yesterday that the capital was about to enter the restricted level before Christmas.

When asked if the capital is in danger of being upgraded to level three next week, the health secretary highlighted the rise in cases by begging people to continue to obey the rules. He urged the 9 million inhabitants of the capital to respect the rules and “not to push the limits”.

The town hall is expected to brace for bad news during the first bleacher review in England next Wednesday (December 16), although the mayor insists he doesn’t want that to happen.

Level three rules would inflict even more devastation on the hospitality industry, with bars and restaurants only allowed to offer take-out, like during the nationwide lockdown.

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