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London gets free transport through the night for New Year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:25 05 October 2010

FREE public transport is being laid on through the night across London for the New Year celebrations. But Londoners will still have to pay to get into town in time to watch the huge midnight firework display to see in the New Year

By Mike Brooke

FREE public transport is being laid on through the night across London for the New Year celebrations.

But Londoners will still have to pay to get into town in time to watch the huge midnight firework display on the Thames Southbank, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to see in the New Year.

You need to get there early for a place, as space in viewing areas along the Thames is limited.

Free travel on the Underground, DLR and the buses doesn’t start until 11.45pm, and runs until 4.30am, with many roads in Central London being closed to traffic.

Night buses and 24-hour routes are running normally, with another 55 daytime routes being extended through the night.

But services leaving central London are reduced from around 7pm tonight (Thurs), to around 3am New Year’s Day, due to road closures.

The Southbank display is also being shown live on BBC 1 and around the world.

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