Travel Updates


Christmas and New Year 2021/2022 Travel Summary

Welcome to the National Rail Enquiries travel advice summary for the Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday period, Thursday 23 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022.

A considerable amount of engineering work will be taking place during the holiday period. Network Rail carry out essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network during this time as fewer people will be travelling.

Many train companies will also be making changes to their timetable, and to some train times, to match services to the number of customers travelling. The continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is an extra factor which may affect the service.

Improvements to your railway this Bank Holiday

More information on this year's engineering items will be available here nearer the time.

However we are already aware that there will be no Heathrow Express services on 25 and 26 December 2021 due to planned engineering works. If you are travelling to or from Heathrow Airport over the Christmas period, please check your travel options in advance as TfL Rail and London Underground services may also be affected. We'll post more information here as soon as it is available.

Details of ALL the railway engineering works taking place over the holiday period, and service level changes, will start to be added to this page from the end of September onwards

Check your journey 

You can find the best value fare for your journey using our Cheapest Fare Finder.

To find out more about your rights if a train changes, please check here.

Social Media

For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter? Over one million people follow @nationalrailenq on Twitter. Our social media team are available 24/7 over the bank holiday weekend to answer your rail queries and supply you with the latest real-time travel updates (except during Christmas Day). You can also follow #xmasrailworks

Our Festive Travel Tips

  • PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY: Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus Travel Advice

  • 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 safe and comfortable journey. This may be mandatory for some train companies.

  • Buy your ticket early: Please check our Buying Advance Tickets page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy.

Travelling in London

  • Christmas Eve - Details of the last trains leaving London direct to key destinations will be available here when they are confirmed.

  • 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.

And finally... a safety reminder

Please remember that the conductor rail and overhead wires remain 'live' even when trains aren't running. Also Network Rail may run engineering or maintenance trains when there are no scheduled passenger services.

So it is NEVER safe to go on the tracks or trespass on the railway - please stay safe.

There is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

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Last updated:   01 September 2021