Delivering vital improvements to passengers this Christmas

This Christmas we're working hard to deliver more upgrades for a better railway.

A 25,000-strong workforce will execute vital upgrades across Britain for more reliable infrastructure, and improved facilities and services for passengers when they return to work after the festive period.

In total, we will deliver more than 330 projects during the holidays. The more than £148m programme of improvements is part of the £50bn five-year Railway Upgrade Plan - the biggest sustained investment in the railway since Victorian times.

We will carry out most of the works when there are no trains scheduled to run, such as on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The railway will remain open for ‘business as usual’ as most of the network will be unaffected by upgrade work.

However, we remind all passengers to check before they travel because there will be significant changes to services on some routes.

The transformative investment will lead to a wide range of benefits for passengers and freight operators, such as more reliable services and increased capacity.

electrification work- employee on cherry picker
New overhead wiring is just one of the many jobs taking place over Christmas and New Year

Projects will include:

Upgrading the overhead wiring system at Forest Gate junction as part of the £250m upgrade of the Great Eastern Main Line. The works will mean fewer delays and cancellations, particularly in hot weather. They will also enable more train services to support the growing number of passengers, new housing and the local economy, including a busy airport. The upgrade over Christmas and New Year means train services will be suspended between London Liverpool Street and Romford from Sunday 23 December to Tuesday 1 January.

Installing new track at Battersea Pier junction, which will replace mid-1970s infrastructure and improve reliability for the 240,000 passengers who pass through every day. This means platforms 9 to 19 will be closed at London Victoria station from Sunday 23 December to Tuesday 1 January.

Replacing old switches and crossings - the movable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another - with new kit, and making changes to the track layout between Bedford and Kettering as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. This means changes to train services from Monday 24 December to Tuesday 1 January.

Installing new track at Heathrow Airport junction to improve reliability. This means there will be no trains to or from London Paddington station from Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 December and on Sunday 30 December.

Signalling upgrades as part of the Weaver to Wavertree resignalling project in Merseyside, which will enable more reliable journeys and boost capacity in the area. Signalling areas in Allerton, Speke and Garston are being re-controlled to the Manchester Rail Operating Centre over the festive period. Works will take place from 21:15 Monday 24 December to Tuesday 1 January. This will mean changes to services to or from Liverpool during this time.

New track at Battersea Pier junction will improve reliability for 240,000 passengers daily

Check your journey

There are a number of ways you can check your journey before travelling. Please visit the websites below for travel and service information, or check for service changes by your train operating company.

You can also follow #XmasRailWorks on Twitter for more information on journeys.