Transport for London closing 40 underground stations from today

Transport for London has announced a series of service reductions “to enable London’s critical workers to make essential journeys” amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Up to 40 Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines are closing until further notice, and the Waterloo and City Line will also close entirely from today (Friday 20 March).

TfL have issued this statement:

Following the Government’s advice to stop non-essential social contact, the Mayor of London has asked us to make a number of changes to our services to ensure a safe and reliable service and to enable London’s critical workers to make essential journeys. We are urging all other customers to follow the Government’s advice and cease all but essential travel.

The changes

From Friday 20 March up to 40 Tube stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice. The full list of stations that could be closed from Friday 20 March can be found beneath my email signature. Anyone who needs to make essential journeys should check for live travel updates before they travel.

From Friday morning:

  • There will be no service on the Waterloo & City line
  • There will be no all-night Night Tube service on Friday and Saturday nights
  • There will be no all-night Night Overground service on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Late services on the Tube and Overground will continue to run, with trains running late into the night on all days for essential travel only
  • Available staff will be redeployed to ensure the resilience of regular Tube and Overground services

Frequency of services

From Monday 23 March, we will gradually reduce the frequency of other services to provide a service for critical workers to get to where they need to – ensuring that remaining services are not overcrowded

We will aim to run Tube trains every four minutes in Zone 1, with the possibility that this will reduce further

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

On buses, from Monday 23 March until further notice, a service similar to a Saturday service will run. Night buses will continue running to provide critical workers with a reliable night time option

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

Fewer Santander Cycle hubs will be open in central London. To see available Santander Cycle Hubs, visit or download the Santander Cycle app

Walking times between Rail and Tube stations can be found here:

Customers are asked to please check before they travel and allow more time, re-planning their journey if necessary if that journey is absolutely essential

These are the services we plan to run. However, if fewer staff are available we may need to alter these plans further. We are working closely with the Government and other agencies and keeping all services under continuous review.

List of stations which could be closed from Friday 20 March, 2020:

(Note: please check before you travel for live updates)

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