TfL has announced sweeping changes to public transport services from tomorrow (Thursday) in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

With immediate effect, and until further notice, there will be no ‘Night Tube’ service or ‘Night Overground’ service that currently runs on the East London line. There will be no Waterloo & City line from tomorrow (Friday) morning. In addition, up to 40 London Underground stations will be closed until further notice – current list below.

TfL said that the closures of the services will enable available staff to be redeployed to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services.

From Monday (23rd March), TfL will gradually reduce the frequency of other services across the TfL network to provide a service for critical workers to get to where they need to – ensuring that remaining services are not overcrowded. TfL is aiming to run Tube trains every 4 minutes in Zone 1, with the possibility that this will reduce further.

Similarly, from next week until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and London Trams will run fewer services.

On the bus network, from Monday until further notice, a service similar to a Saturday will run. TfL’s night bus network will continue to operate, providing critical workers with a reliable night option.

Following the decision to close many schools completely, TfL says that it will review which school buses should still run and which should be amended at a later date.

London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “The advice from Government is clear – people should now only be making journeys that are absolutely essential. We and our staff are doing everything we can to ensure that people who need to make essential journeys can continue to do so.”

Although the cycle hire scheme will still operate, there will be fewer Santander Cycle hubs open in central London.

Stations that could be closed tomorrow include the following. Customers are advised to check the TfL website for live updates before they travel:

Bakerloo line

  • Lambeth North
  • Regents Park
  • Warwick Avenue
  • Kilburn Park
  • Charing Cross

Central line

  • Holland Park
  • Queensway
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Chancery Lane
  • Redbridge

Circle line

  • Bayswater
  • Great Portland Street
  • Barbican

District line

  • Bow Road
  • Stepney Green
  • Mansion House
  • Temple
  • St James’s Park
  • Gloucester Road

Jubilee line

  • Swiss Cottage
  • St John’s Wood
  • Bermondsey
  • Southwark

Northern line

  • Tuffnell Park
  • Chalk Farm
  • Mornington Crescent
  • Goodge Street
  • Borough
  • Clapham South
  • Tooting Bec
  • South Wimbledon
  • Hampstead

Piccadilly line

  • Caledonian Road
  • Arsenal
  • Covent Garden
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Bounds Green
  • Manor House

Victoria line

  • Pimlico
  • Blackhorse Road
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9 comments on “TfL closes 40 tube stations, suspends the Night Tube, fewer trains and buses next week
  1. Maurice Reed says:

    I can’t figure out why Blackhorse Road is on the list as it is an interchange with the Overground Barking to Gospel Oak line.

    • ianvisits says:

      Probably because it’s only a modest walk to the local stations – a lot of the stations closed so far are fairly close to other stations.

    • Alistair says:

      probably because you can make the same interchange one stop up at walthamstow queens road / central

  2. anon says:

    Charing Cross?!

    • Jon says:

      For the Bakerloo line, Embankment is only a short walk away. Embankment offers more options to change with other lines so I’d the better station to keep open

  3. Why are lift only stations closing first?

    • Michael Byrne says:

      I would guess it’s because a lift is a confined space, hence posing a significant risk of infection

  4. JP says:

    I’m experiencing the novelty of being thankful for the first time that the (yes I know that it’s needed for operational reasons) circle pan handle was circlecised despite it offending the eye and geometry. I’m sure that if the H&C weren’t twinbed with its yellow and claret, for that matter,brethren only White City wd be aperto for the luvvies and hard-pressed backroom boys and girls of TV land.

  5. MilesT says:

    St. John’s Wood has remained open, likely because of the two private hospitals nearby that are presumably now taking NHS patients. It’s also an easier bus interchange than Swiss Cottage for a number of key routes especially with the 100 Avenue Road demolition works disrupting local bus stops southbound.

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