Avoid the trains this festive period!

With disruption across most of the country outside of the South East from Barbara and Conor, a complete shutdown of the Great Western Rail network into Paddington, and the Colnbrook stretch of the M25 predicted to be the worst in Britain (who’d have guessed), travel this Christmas could be especially challenging. 

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Here’s the latest from the main rail networks:

First Great Western

Users of First Great Western services have been warned of major disruption as London Paddington will be closing from December 24th to 29th.  The closure is due to work on the Crossrail project.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December – Thursday 29 December – Major engineering work is taking place between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway with all lines closed. A normal service will operate on other routes with trains finishing earlier than the normal timetable.

Christmas Friday 30 December – An amended weekday service will run with trains starting later than the normal timetable. Some morning and evening peak services to and from London Paddington will be amended or cancelled. Additional trains will run from the West of England to London Paddington

New Years Eve, Saturday 31 December – An amended service will run with trains finishing earlier than then normal timetable (from 22:00 on most routes). New years eve special trains will run. The 00:05, 00:30 and 01:00 London Paddington to Twyford services will extend to Reading. Additional trains will run from London Paddington to Reading between 01:55 and 05:29.

More details of routes affected by planned engineering works are available on the National Rail website.

 Transport for London

The main changes to TfL services on the key days are outlined below. For a one page visual summary of the services running each day, please click here

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December – Last trains on Tube and rail services will be earlier than usual. Night Tube will not run, and buses will run until about midnight.

Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December – No service on the entire TfL network. Santander Cycles will be available as normal.

Boxing Day, Monday 26 December – Tube services will start later than usual. There will be no London Overground or TfL Rail service. Buses will run a Sunday service. Santander Cycles will be available as normal.

Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 December – Saturday or Sunday services will run on most of the network. Night Tube will run on Friday.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday 31 December – Free travel will be provided on all of our services from 23:45 until 04:30, or last service.

From around 14:00, Waterloo, Westminster and Jubilee Bridges, and roads in central London will start to close to prepare for the ticketed fireworks event. All bridge and road closures will be in place from 20:00 and most will re-open at 06:00 on Sunday 1 January, or when it is safe to do so. Once road closures are in place, bus hubs will be in operation. Some central London road closures will remain until 18:00 for the New Year’s Day Parade.




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