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Could London buses run on Christmas Day this year?

Isabelle Aron

It might seem a little early to start talking about Christmas Day, but the Oxford Street Christmas lights have been up for two weeks, the clocks are going back soon and the sun has officially gone into hibernation, which means the festive season is well on its way (whether you like it or not). London is pretty thin on the ground for transport options on Christmas Day as the entire TfL network shuts down, which makes getting anywhere a little tricky unless you're prepared to shell out for a cab, hop on your bike or (horror of horrors) walk. But that could all be about to change this year as Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, has called on TfL to look at whether it could subsidise a new Christmas Day bus service with a sponsorship deal.

Other cities including New York, Paris and Barcelona already run a Christmas Day bus service and new research shows that 1.3 million Londoners and tourists would make use of the service. The only slight hitch is that Boris Johnson has rejected proposals in the past but here's hoping he's feeling especially festive this year.

The Oxford Street lights haven't been switched on yet, but here are 21 Instagrams that prove they look better switched off.

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