Brits who are planning to use the train to travel home to their loved ones over the Christmas period have been warned to expect major disruptions to the rail services.
Network Rail has stated that large-scale infrastructure projects will begin on December 24th, so engineers can get as much done as possible over the four-day bank holiday weekend.
Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s managing director for England and Wales, said: “This vital investment will make the railway more reliable for years to come, while improving journeys for thousands of passengers.”
He added that there is “never a good time to impact on journeys” and it is best to carry out improvements over bank holidays as 50 per cent fewer passengers use the services at these times.
London is particularly affected by the disruptions, with Paddington offering no train services between December 24th and December 29th in preparation for the new Crossrail network. During this time, upgrades of signalling, track and overhead lines will be undertaken, with bus replacement services being put on instead.
As a result of this, there will be no Heathrow Express service between Heathrow Airport and Paddington for six days, which could cause major problems for those planning to head abroad over the festive period.
In addition to developments to the Crossrail link, there will be no Southeastern services to London Bridge and Charing Cross between December 24th and 28th.
Commuters and holidaymakers may want to consider alternative routes instead during this time to avoid major delays to their travel plans.
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