Check before you travel this Christmas and New Year

The vast majority of the rail network will be open for business as usual this Christmas and New Year as more improvement work is targeted at times that has less impact on passengers.

However, a small handful of lines will still see some significant investment work and impact on services. Passengers on those routes are advised to check before they travel over the Christmas and New Year period, especially if using services into and out of London Paddington.

The major investment projects this festive period include:

  • Multiple major upgrade works at London King’s Cross, including tunnel and structure work, drainage inspection and upgrading overhead line equipment, resulting in improved capacity, reliability and operational flexibility. The majority of these works will take place over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, although services in and out of the station will be impacted until around 1pm on 27 December.
  • Track renewals, switches and crossings and overhead line works between London Paddington and Slough. This will mean no trains from London Paddington between 24-27 December, and a reduced timetable between 28-31 December.
  • Switches and crossings renewal work at Ashford International to improve track quality and reduce delays caused by track faults. This means Southeastern Highspeed and Eurostar services will not stop at Ashford between 26-29 December. Mainline services will run but some will be subject to change.
  • Re-railing and track maintenance work between London Liverpool Street and Hackney Downs to improve service reliability. On 26 December Stansted Airport services will start and terminate at Tottenham Hale. Greater Anglia and Arriva Rail London services will between 27-29 December but will divert around the works on the fast lines.

Please use the journey planner to see if your journey is affected.

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