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We've planned essential engineering works over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday period.

Work will take place from Thursday 23 December 2021 to Tuesday 4 January 2022, involving improvements and routine maintenance around Britain.

engineers on a station platform at York with engineering equipment on the track and the station in background
Track replacement at York station, Christmas Day 2019

Most of the railway will stay open for business as usual but we recommend you check your journeys and book your tickets in advance if you're planning to travel during this time.

Follow #XmasRailWorks on Twitter for updates.

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Projects being delivered

Some of the projects being delivered include:

Paddington to Slough – signalling commissioning, track and HS2 works

  • This means there will be no Heathrow Express trains to London Heathrow Airport on Boxing Day.
  • There will also be no London Underground services to Heathrow. Passengers can use coach services from Hammersmith or Acton Town.

London Victoria to Streatham Common/Selhurst – switches and crossings renewals and resignalling work

  • Southern services will run to/from London Bridge between Saturday 25 December and Monday 3 January, with no Gatwick Express service in operation.
  • Trains to Gatwick will run from London Bridge.

Leeds station – track remodelling, signalling upgrades and work to install new overhead wires

  • A reduced train service will be in place to/from Leeds between Monday 27 December and Monday 3 January, with some bus replacement services in operation.
  • There will be very limited train services on Sunday 2 January.

King’s Cross to Finsbury Park – Northern City Line tunnel work

  • No services will operate between Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December.
  • Services between Moorgate and Finsbury Park will divert into King’s Cross from Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 December, as work continues to upgrade the track and signalling as part of the East Coast Digital Programme.

St Pancras International and Kentish Town – track upgrades

  • Reduced EMR and Thameslink services will run between Monday 27 December and Tuesday 4 January.

Bristol Parkway – switches and crossings and plain line track renewals

  • CrossCountry services will not call at Bristol Parkway between Monday 27 and Friday 31 December, while some GWR services to/from Bristol Temple Meads will also be impacted.

Why do we do work over bank holiday weekends?

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