Chinese New Year

If you're travelling in central London on Sunday 29 January 2017, the main transport changes are:

  • Road closures between 07:00 and 20:00 along Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street
  • Buses in central London will terminate early or be diverted between 07:00 and 20:00
  • View the affected area on our traffic status updates page

If you're attending the event, visit the Chinese New Year Parade site for more information.


Road closures around Trafalgar Square and Chinatown include:


  • Pall Mall East
  • Wardour Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Winnett Street)
  • Duncannon Street (between St Martin's Place and Strand)
  • Charing Cross Road - slip road only


  • Hyde Park Corner slip road eastbound (on to Piccadilly)
  • Hyde Park Corner underpass eastbound (from the junction with Knightsbridge)
  • Shaftesbury Avenue (between Charing Cross Road and Piccadilly Circus, and westbound between St Giles High Street and Cambridge Circus)
  • High Holborn (no westbound entry from Kingsway and all roads within the Chinatown area)


  • Charing Cross Road (between St Martin's Place and Shaftesbury Avenue)
  • Charing Cross Road (southbound between Denmark Street and Shaftesbury Avenue)

    For the latest information on how roads are operating, see our traffic status updates page or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


    Around the route area, the following bus routes will be diverted or terminate early:


    • 1
    • 8
    • 9
    • 14
    • 19
    • 22
    • 24
    • 25
    • 29
    • 38
    • 98
    • 139
    • 171
    • 176
    • 242
    • C2

    Buses around Soho and Chinatown are likely to be busier than usual. Please allow plenty of time for your journey and plan ahead.

    For the latest information on how buses are operating, see our bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


    Tube and rail will be the best way to get around on the day, although some stations in central London will be busier than usual. This includes:

    For live information on transport services as well as planned works, see our status updates page or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

    Taxis and minicabs

    Taxis and minicabs will run as normal, but some journey times will be affected by traffic in the area - please plan your journey in advance and leave more time to travel.

    For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, visit our taxis and minicabs section or follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.


    Docking stations will be open as usual, but road closures may make it difficult for our vans to redistribute bikes in the area.

    Check availability of Santander Cycles using the online docking station map, or visit our cycling section for full information on cycling in London.


    Coaches may be diverted or use alternative stops as a result of the road closures. Contact your coach operator for details about possible changes to services, and allow plenty of time to travel.


    Often walking is the quickest option during big events in London. It is healthy, free and can often get you from A to B quicker. For maps and more information about walking in London, visit our walking section.

    Deliveries in London

    If you make or receive deliveries in central London, talk to your customers and suppliers ahead of time. You may want to consider changing the times of your deliveries to avoid road closures, or using alternative routes that avoid busy areas.

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