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  • Engineering work and service alterations

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  • Christmas and New Year travel

    A number of major improvement works are scheduled across the rail network over Christmas and New Year.

    Lines / stations affected include:

    • London Euston
    • London Bridge (20 December - 4 January)
    • London King's Cross
    • London Paddington
    • London Liverpool Street - Shenfield
    • Reading - Basingstoke
    • Gospel Oak - Barking
    • Wolverhampton - Crewe
    • St Albans - West Hampstead

    Further information is available at NationalRail.co.uk/Christmas.

  • Engineering work

    For details about routes affected by engineering work go to National Rail Enquiries:

    Current service disruptions 

    Future engineering works 

    Or check with the train company.

    Events, festivals and holidays

    Train times may be altered to accommodate increases in demand around sporting events, music festivals and other large scale public events.

    For details visit National Rail Enquiries holidays and events.

    Why do engineering works over bank holidays?

    We carry out maintenance and upgrade work every night of the year. The few hours access to the track that our teams get over night is not enough to complete larger scale work such as:

    • Replacing bridges
    • Changing track layouts
    • Upgrading signalling systems

    We usually have to close a section of the track for 24 hours or more to carry out this work.

    Much of this large scale work is done around public holidays because the railway is relatively quiet for a few days and the inevitable disruption affects fewer people.

    The improvements that we are making allow more trains to run, at higher speeds and also improves the reliability of the rail network, reducing delays in the future.

    For more information, see our page on maintenance and engineering work.