The London Underground won’t be running through the night on New Year’s Eve this year.
In previous years, TfL has offered free journeys across their entire network to help people get home safely. However, the decision was made earlier this month to not go ahead with this service in 2020, in a bid to discourage revellers from mixing in big groups. The only service available on the night of December 31 will be the city’s night buses, as the Overground and mainline train services will also be operating as if it were just a normal Thursday.
As expected, celebrations will look a lot different this year. The city’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks were cancelled back in September due to fears of widespread coronavirus transmission, and, of course, the Tier 4 restrictions mean that nobody should be mixing with other households anyway.
We’re all being asked to stay home for New Year’s, but there’s still plenty of things to do. Instead of fireworks, the annual countdown to midnight will show highlights from the year, and the London Eye is putting a colourful light show on their social channels from 4pm to bring a dazzling end to 2020. Finally, we’ve rounded up some of the best virtual NYE celebrations you can join, in order to welcome 2021 from home!
Also published on Medium.