Christmas and New Year 2018/19 Travel Summary

The Christmas and New Year bank holiday period (22 December 2018 to 2 January 2019) is traditionally the time when a considerable amount of improvement and engineering work is undertaken on Britain's rail network.

Many train companies will also be making changes to their timetable to match service levels to the number of customers travelling. Please plan ahead and check if your journey is affected as some services will be added, some will be restricted, and some will not be running during this time period.

Please be aware that that for some routes online journey planners, including National Rail Enquiries, will not be completely accurate until 6 weeks before travel. More details can be found here.

Major improvements to your railway this bank holiday

The following major improvement works will be undertaken during Christmas and into the New Year:

To find details of ALL the railway engineering works taking place, please click here.

What service will my train operator be running?

Your can check how your journey will be affected with each train operator by selecting their day-by-day travel guide from the table below:

Our Festive Travel Tips

  • For the Cheapest Fares: Try the National Rail Enquiries Cheapest Fare Finder. Also, please check your eligibility for a Railcard, which gives a third off most rail fares including Advance tickets.
  • Reserve a seat: We strongly recommend that you reserve a seat where available to ensure a comfortable journey.
  • Buy your ticket early: Please check our Buying Advance Tickets page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy.
  • Social media: For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter or Facebook? Over one million people now follow @nationalrailenq on Twitter. You can follow our Christmas updates on Twitter using #xmasrailworks

Travelling in London

  • Christmas Eve - Last trains leaving London direct to key destinations - Please check back nearer the time for further details.
  • New Years Day - Overnight early morning trains to get you home after celebrating the New Year in London - Please check back nearer the time for full details.
  • Transport for London services - Details of London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams and river services over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday will be available from the Transport for London website.

Travelling to or from the airport?

You can find out how your journey to and from Britain's major airports may be affected over the holiday period - please check back nearer the time for further details.