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Rail companies are working together to deliver their plan for the government’s Christmas travel window, between 23 and 27 December.
This includes maximising space by running more and longer services where possible, providing improved travel information and travel alerts, and extra staff on hand at busy locations to help you on your journeys.
With all long-distance train companies now selling tickets for the Christmas travel window, we're asking you to plan ahead, avoid busier times and make reservations for outward and return journeys, where these are offered.
Elsewhere, the impact of the pandemic means services on some routes are currently being finalised and people are being asked to check their train operator’s website for the latest information.
You can find out how your Christmas journeys will be affected with your train operator – via National Rail Enquiries – or by following #ChristmasRailWorks on Twitter.
Most of the railway will stay open for business in the run up to Christmas but planning ahead is particularly important if you're travelling on Boxing Day, when there will be a limited service.
London King’s Cross station will be closed between Christmas Day and 30 December so we're asking you not to travel to and from the station.
The government has also waived change of journey admin fees for advance tickets bought before new Covid-19 tiers were announced on 26 November, enabling fee free changes and ensuring passengers are not left out of pocket for complying with the new restrictions.
London King’s Cross station will be closed between Christmas Day and 30 December
Safer travel pledge
As part of the industry’s safer travel pledge, rail companies are taking steps so you can travel with confidence. They include cleaning more frequently and using powerful, long lasting, anti-viral products. You should also wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering, unless exempt.
Over £2.8bn has already been invested to improve the rail network during the pandemic when passenger numbers were lower, to minimise disruption while still keeping communities connected. Many Christmas works have been postponed but some are necessary and will need to go ahead. However, all efforts have been made to organise replacement transport in the form of buses and coaches so people can still reach their final destination safely.
Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “Our frontline workers have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic to maintain and upgrade the railway for those who need it and this festive period will be no different, with thousands of workers out delivering significant improvements across our infrastructure.
“It is vital that we drive improved rail performance through targeted investment work so that the railway can continue to play its part in Britain building back better from the covid-19 pandemic.”
Remodelling and roof repair work will take place at Bristol Temple Meads station
Robert Nisbet, director of Nations and Regions at trade body Rail Delivery Group, said: “Christmas will be unusual for many and rail companies are doing all they can to bring people together during the government’s travel window, but this year more than ever we’re asking people not to turn up at a station and hope for the best.
“If people follow the advice to plan ahead and book outward and return reservations for longer journeys, alongside the extra cleaning, better information and additional carriages that are part of our safer travel pledge, everyone should be able to travel with confidence.”
What's happening around the railway during Christmas and New Year?
Most of the railway will be unaffected by engineering works over the Christmas and New Year period but some upgrade projects are taking place, including:
Christmas and New Year engineering works
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