West Ham United v Southampton – Travel information for Boxing Day game

ByRochelle W. Stone

Dec 22, 2021

West Ham United want to let their supporters know that there will be travel disruption for our Boxing Day 3pm kickoff against Southampton.

The main disruptions affecting public transport routes are:

National rail services:

  • No c2c services
  • No Greater Anglia services to / from Stratford
  • No South East services to / from Stratford International

Supporters are advised to check their routes before traveling, with resources such as TfL Trip Planner or the TfL Go app making it possible to avoid certain essential works on the transport network. Supporters may also wish to visit the National Railway website to plan their trip if they are traveling on the rail network.

Although the vast majority of the TfL network will operate as usual during the holiday season, some essential service changes and planned works on parts of London’s public transport network and roads will take place.

A summary of the transport updates can be found below, along with full travel tips available here.

Stratford Station

Reduced London Underground Services
Stratford Station operates with a reduced service on the London Underground network.

jubilee line
A special service will be set up on the Jubilee line between Stratford and Willesden Green. There is no service on the Jubilee line between Willesden Green and Wembley Park and replacement buses will be in service for this section of the Jubilee line. A shuttle service will also be provided between Wembley Park and Stanmore. Replacement buses will operate between Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo line) and Willesden Green (Jubilee line) stopping at Wembley Park, Neasden, Dollis Hill.
It is expected that a service will operate every 4 to 5 minutes on the Jubilee line throughout the day.

Center line
There will be service every 4 minutes east and west through the center section of the center line, of which Stratford is a part.

Other updates to London Underground and rail services
There will be no TfL Rail, Greater Anglia, C2C or ARL services operating on Boxing Day, which could lead to the request for additional Stop and Hold queues after the match to aid in the safe entry of supporters in Stratford station during rush hour. Staff will try to minimize these requests to the extent possible, but we thank the supporters for their patience as the station and stadium staff seek to help you get home safely.
There will be no service on the Piccadilly line, with alternate bus services calling at all stops. There will also be no service on the Waterloo & City line.
The District line does not serve Kensington Olympia.

London Overground – Reduced Service with Alternative Bus Service

London Overground services will only operate between Highbury & Islington and West Croydon. There will be no service on other London Overground routes.

Richmond / Clapham Junction-Stratford
There will be a reduced service between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush. There will be no service on the rest of the line, with replacement buses in service.

Highbury & Islington-West Croydon / Clapham Junction / Crystal Palace – Overground
There will be reduced service between Highbury and West Croydon. There will be no service on the rest of the line, with replacement buses in service.

Watford-Euston Junction
There will be no service on this route.

Gospel Oak-bark
There will be no service on this route.

Liverpool Street-Enfield / Cheshunt / Chingford
There will be no service on this route.

Stratford International Station

There will be no service on South East trains to Stratford International Station.


There will be no service between Bank-Tower Gateway and Poplar-West India Quay.

Buses providing service on Sunday

London buses will operate a Sunday service (including night and 24-hour services).

heathrow airport

TfL Rail and Heathrow Express services will not operate on Christmas Day or Boxing Day due to Network Rail signaling works. In addition, critical closures are planned on parts of the Piccadilly Line on Boxing Day and throughout the holiday season to allow for safety critical renewal work on parts of the line which will also help improve line reliability. Fans who need to travel to or from Heathrow Airport on Boxing Day are advised to consider alternative nonstop bus services from Hammersmith or alternative bus services between Acton Town and Heathrow.

Victoria Coach Station

Victoria Coach Station will remain open throughout the holiday season for private coach services. This includes services between Victoria and Heathrow Airport on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Passengers are advised to book in advance and check with their coach operator before traveling.

Accessible shuttle – reduced service

The accessible shuttle service will be available from 1 p.m. at Stratford Station (Platform 13) and Stratford International Bus Station. Supporters are advised that there will be a reduced service on Boxing Day, due to a shortage of drivers, so we recommend that shuttle users try to arrive as early as possible. If you can comfortably walk to the stadium, we respectfully ask that you consider making room for registered disabled supporters requiring a seat on the bus service. Face coverings must be worn in the shuttle, unless supporters have a recognized exemption under Government directives.

Car park

If you are driving, supporters are advised to plan ahead, as the planned works could cause deviations along their routes. Drivers are encouraged to check before traveling here. There are a number of public car parks in the Stratford area. Everyone should be extremely busy during the Christmas season. It is recommended that you avoid using the Westfield Stratford car parks as they will be exceptionally busy with Boxing Day shoppers.


Visitors to the London Stadium will always be welcome at Westfield Stratford City but we would like to inform those attending West Ham’s game with Southampton Boxing Day of some changes to our center as we seek to manage a very busy day as safely and securely as we can.

Our opening hours change from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., only our bars, restaurants, hotels and places of leisure remain open once the Center is closed. The Center will be extremely busy from opening until 4pm. While everyone will always be welcome at Westfield, customers can expect to encounter queues to access the center itself as well as some of our retailers.

Entrance to the Center will also be subject to Covid-19 regulations and we ask any non-exempt person to wear a mask at all times in the Center.

Finally, we expect our car parks to be full from noon with queues both at the approaches to the area and delays to leave the Center at the end of the day. Stadium attendees may want to consider this as part of their travel planning. “

Drop-off locations

The closest drop-off points to the stadium on match day are located at: Warton Road (South), Pudding Mill Lane Station (South) and Marshgate Lane (North). Please note that road closures are in place around the stadium in order to provide safe pedestrian routes for supporters before and after the match. Parking enforcement services will be operational in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford.

Health and safety and face covering

Supporters must continue to wear face coverings in all public transport services and at train stations for the duration of their trip or face a fine under new government regulations, unless they are exempt.

TfL continues to ensure that customers can travel safely and with confidence through its services. Trains and metro stations are cleaned with hospital grade cleaning substances that kill viruses and bacteria on contact and provide continuous protection. Independent Imperial College London tests have been carried out monthly since September 2020, taking swabs from contact points at stations, buses and air samples in ticket halls.

No trace of coronavirus on TfL’s public transport network has been found since independent testing began.