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Christmas travel disruption expected

Christmas travel disruption expected

Rail passengers are facing Christmas travel chaos as trains to Paddington, Euston and Victoria are cancelled, cutting off major routes across the U.K.

Engineering works are set to affect routes from Glasgow to Penzance with either diverted, delayed or cancelled routes entirely.

Disruption will spread across the festive period though, with major engineering works being carried out from December 22nd to January 2nd.

Latest on rail disruption:



  • Station completely closed for four days from December 23-26.
  • All lines between Paddington and Slough closed during the Christmas period.
  • Long-distance Great Western Railway routes will depart to/from other stations including Reading and Slough.
  • Sleeper service to Penzance won't operate from Dec 21-Jan 1.
  • Reduced service on GWR trains from Dec 23-31.


  • Southern and Gatwick Express services affected from Dec 22 and January 2.
  • Gatwick Express services to run from other Central London stations instead.
  • Replacement bus journeys between Clapham Junction and Victoria.
  • Southeastern trains not affected.


  • Most routes at station affected between Dec 24 and Dec 30.
  • Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland will be cancelled between Dec 24-26.
  • Reduced service to Tring/Milton Keynes/Northampton.
  • Virgin Trains offering reduced services.


  • Virgin Trains routes to London Euston affected - cancellations and amended services.
  • From Xmas eve West Midlands Railways running only reduced services, closed on Xmas and Boxing Day.
  • Details of disruption from Dec 27 not yet announced.


  • Reduced services to/from London Euston and London St Pancras from Dec 23.
  • East Midlands Trains services affected throughout Christmas period.
  • Changes to services on the TransPennine Express services not yet known.


  • Replacement buses to Crewe and Runcorn.
  • Disruption to passengers travelling via Liverpool Lime Street.


  • Amended service on c2c routes - no services will run to/from London Liv St but instead from/to London Fenchurch St.
  • Replacement buses on some days on Greater Anglia routes from Billericay and Southend.


  • Greater Anglia services to stop at 9pm on Xmas Eve.
  • Southeastern services are so far not reporting any plans for engineering works.


  • No TfL services from Paddington to Heathrow.
  • Not yet known how Heathrow Express to/from Paddington will be affected during its closure.


  • Engineering work in the area starts on Xmas eve - trains between Leicester and Lincoln will terminate at Nottingham.
  • Issues at Warrington and Euston causing issues until January 1.


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